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Relief for commuters

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  LYNDHURST –  After what Lyndhurst Mayor Robert Giangeruso characterized as “33 years of starts and stops,” the township – with help from Bergen County – is finally beginning to see the start of improvements to the intersection at Kingsland and Riverside Aves. The changes […]

Convicted in mortgage swindle

A Belleville man was among three defendants convicted earlier this month in federal court for their roles in a $15 million mortgage fraud scheme involving condominiums in New Jersey and Florida, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman reported. Last month, another Belleville resident pleaded guilty in the same scam. According to […]

Walmart is keeping cops busy

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  The Walmart in Kearny is conveniently located on Harrison Ave., with easy access to Rt. 280, the N.J. Turnpike and feeder roads to Newark and Jersey City. This is a boon for shoppers. However, according to Kearny police, it is […]

2011 layoffs affirmed

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY – Four former Kearny workers, including a union chief, have lost the first round of a bid to reverse their New Year’s Eve dismissals nearly three years ago. In a 21-page ruling issued Sept. 3, the state Office of Administrative Law […]

Go pink at St. Michael’s

Don your favorite pink attire and join St. Michael’s Medical Center for a Breast Cancer Awareness Month event — Breast Health & You — on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at SMMC’s Connie Dwyer Breast Center, 111 Central Ave., Newark. Dr. Nadine Pappas, director of […]


Kearny fire displaces 5


By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent 


A kitchen fire last Thursday temporarily displaced five persons and sent one of them to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, officials reported.

KFD Chief Steve Dyl said units responded to a 7:02 p.m. call Sept. 18 at a two-family residence on John Hay Ave., below Schuyler Ave.

The blaze was confined to the second-floor kitchen and was extinguished within 20 minutes, but all five occupants of the dwelling were relocated for the night, Dyl said, and would likely remain displaced until the structure was inspected by the buildings department.

Initially, there was a report that someone was trapped inside the home, but that turned out not to be the case.

Dyl said the blaze was accidental and was ignited by cooking oil.

“Luckily, the occupant who was doing the cooking knew not to put water on it [the burning oil], and she got out immediately,” the chief said.

But he said a downstairs resident initially attempted to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher, and she suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Dyl said the occupants all left the home, “which was important, because had they stayed, injuries would have been more severe.” And he reiterated the standard advice: “Get out and stay out, and call the Fire Department.

While Kearny firefighters were at the scene, the Jersey City FD provided coverage to the town.

Kearny vs. Harrison at Red Bull


After a two-year lull, the Red Bull Arena will once again host a soccer doubleheader, matching up longtime archrivals Harrison and Kearny, on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Blue Tide will be hoping to avenge the Kardinals’ sweep of the boys’ and girls’ games played in 2011 at the Arena.

The Kardinals girls’ squad of Kearny High School will face off against the Blue Tide girls’ team of Harrison High School on the Arena pitch, starting at noon.

That game will be followed, at 2 p.m., with the Kardinals boys’ group taking on the Blue Tide boys’ crew.

James Doran, Harrison school district’s director of personnel, and Kearny High Athletic Director John Millar each said that the Red Bull organization has confirmed it has agreed to play host to the event this year.

“We’d certainly like to make this an annual thing [at the Harrison-based Arena],” Doran said.

Doran said the Red Bull organization will be taping the games but no decision has yet been made as to whether it will go out on a live feed to local cable. Each school district will be provided a copy of the tape “which we will post on our website,” he added.

The games will count as part of each team’s regular season schedule, he added.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

In Harrison, tickets may be secured through the superintendent’s office or at the high school and, in Kearny, tickets are available at the high school athletic office. Or, patrons can buy tickets on game day at the Arena on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. across from the Harrison PATH station.

Two years ago, the Red Bulls provided nominal cash donations to both schools but for this year’s event, no contribution is anticipated, according to Millar. “It’s a big expense just to open the stadium,” he noted.

 – Ron Leir 

Taking shape


Kearny Public Library Director Josh Humphrey stands in the nearly-completed outdoor reading garden, with plantings, bluestone pavers, benches, a small stage for public events, 4-foot-high fencing and a ramped entrance allowing wheelchair access, adjacent to the main branch of the library, 318 Kearny Ave. Work still to be done includes replacement of the library’s old wrought-iron fencing. Part of the project included construction of a retaining wall as a buffer to neighboring residences. Humphrey projects a formal opening of the garden by next month. Lou’s Landscaping of Wayne was contracted to do the job for $245,000. The town is applying a $150,000 grant from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund toward the cost of the project



Dear Editor:

Having grown up in Kearny and being a licensed minister for the past 32 years, I offer my comments regarding the “Sober House.”

First of all, Kearny has a rich history of supporting those in need and giving people second chances. That is not the debate point here. The point of debate is the manner in which the organization occupied this house.

Mr. [Charles] Valentine does not understand “what the neighbors are going through” because I believe he simply does not care about the neighbors. He made this dramatically obvious by not connecting with them prior to violating numerous town ordinances by occupying the property.

If he were concerned, would not the good-neighbor thing be to knock on their doors to introduce and discuss the idea before moving in and creating a uproar?

“We’re an asset to the community,” he states. Prove this by engaging with the community instead of picking a fight with it.

Garry Senna

Haymarket, Va.


A story about the new Element Harrison Hotel in last week’s issue of The Observer mischaracterized the guest parking location. It is the Harrison Parking
Center. The Observer regrets the error.

Thoughts & Views: Even in ‘paradise,’ global tensions intrude

This week, your correspondent – armed with a valid passport – was planning (this column is being written Sept. 20) to vacation on the island Republic of Malta, whose islands – the website lonelyplanet.com tells us – “are like nowhere else.” Indeed, the website adds, “Here you’ll find great prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, glittering hidden coves, thrilling diving opportunities and a history of remarkable intensity.”

According to Wikipedia, there are indications that the country has been inhabited since pre-historic times. It has seen many occupiers – including Napoleon – in its lengthy history, until achieving its independence from Britain in 1964, and joined the European Union in 2004.

There will be much to absorb for such a relatively tiny place – which looks like an almost perceptible speck on a map – and a lot to explore in just a few days. Maybe I’ll even find the legendary Maltese falcon – or is that just another Hollywood myth?

But, leaving aside for the moment the anticipated pleasures of R&R at an island paradise, we can’t forget the fact that Malta finds itself smack up against a geopolitical cataclysm.

Migrants – many refugees from war-torn Syria and Libya – along with Palestinians from Gaza – are being smuggled out of their desolate land through tunnels in Egypt and packed into boats bound for destinations in Europe. Those fleeing reportedly pay thousands of dollars for what they see as an opportunity for a better life elsewhere.

But their journeys are typically perilous, as evidenced by a recent episode chronicled by, among other media outlets, BBC News World which, through the Times of Malta, reported the deaths of “at least 300 migrants” who “drowned off Malta’s coast” on Sept. 12.

Survivors, brought to Malta’s shores, told the Times of Malta and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that “the smugglers deliberately rammed the migrants’ boat after they refused to move to a smaller boat from the fishing vessel they were on,” leaving its passengers to fend for themselves in the sea.

The Times of Malta account said the IOM had logged “about 2,900” migrant drowning deaths in the Mediterranean so far this year, up from 700 recorded in 2013.

Malta – just 50 miles south of Sicily – has provided shelters for several thousand of the desperate migrants who arrive at the islands and Italy has launched “Mare Nostrum,” a search and rescue enterprise pledged to save migrants in peril in the waters off its coast.

Still, the number of deaths is mounting.

Meanwhile, Malta finds itself grappling with another dilemma of increasingly global concern: the deadly Ebola virus that has emerged in West Africa and threatens to engulf the region and beyond.

On Sept. 19, the Associated Press reported that Malta turned away a cargo ship, enroute to Ukraine from Guinea, carrying a crew of 21 including a Filipino reportedly showing symptoms of Ebola. AP said the boat’s captain had sought to dock in Malta to get medical treatment for the stricken crewman.

But Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was quoted as saying that, “We cannot endanger our health system” and that it was impossible to know whether the captain was “understating or overstating” the man’s condition.

Maltese coast guard vessels escorted the boat, MV Western Copenhagen, out of the harbor, according to the AP.

And so, it seems that even in paradise, there is no escape from the crushing realities of the world.

– Ron Leir 

News from Nutley PD blotter


At about 10 p.m. on Sept. 11, Nutley police arrested 48-year-old Martin Lucas of Newark in connection with a drug transaction.

Police said detectives conducting surveillance observed Lucas driving a 1999 Mercury SUV at Vreeland and Hillside Aves. and spotted a woman known to use narcotics walk up to the vehicle and allegedly make a transaction.

Police said detectives approached the car and saw a bag containing suspected crack cocaine in close proximity to the driver.

Lucas was taken into custody and charged with possession of CDS and distribution of CDS.

He was taken to Essex County Jail after failing to post $25,000 bail, pending a court appearance.

Police said they learned that Lucas also had three outstanding warrants from Newark and one from Nutley totaling nearly $2,000.

Police said the woman, who was not in possession of drugs at the time of Lucas’s arrest, was not charged.


A Nutley man has been linked by police to two crimes committed in the township within an eight-day period.

On Aug. 14, police said a woman parked her car at an E. Centre St. location momentarily to drop off a family member. As she was entering an apartment, a young man passed her. She went inside and immediately turned back to her car, only to find the young man inside, allegedly taking her purse and then leaving the vehicle.

Police said the woman then ran after him until she confronted him near the Washington Ave. intersection where the man dropped the purse and ran away.

After the incident, detectives reviewed a tape taken from a private surveillance camera in the area of the incident to help get a description of the suspect.

Then, police said, on Aug. 26, a man with a similar description allegedly entered a new business on E. Centre St. and removed more than $500 from the cash register.

Detectives investigating both incidents positively identified the man as Fernando Acosta, 19, of Nutley.

Acosta was arrested and charged with burglary to auto and theft from the auto and theft at the business. He was ordered held at Essex County Jail on $30,000 bail, pending court action.

Nutley PD Martin Lucas.

Nutley PD
Martin Lucas.



During the past week, Nutley PD responded to 10 medical calls, 20 motor vehicle accidents, 11 suspicious incidents and 13 disputes, plus the following activities logged:

Sept. 13

A Washington Ave. resident reported the theft of a black iPhone. The resident told police they allowed an acquaintance the use of the phone but never got it back.


The owner of a vehicle parked on Park Ave. told police that when they returned to the car in the morning, they discovered that someone had tried to pry open the driver’s side door but couldn’t get inside.


An Oak St. resident reported being victimized by credit card fraud. The resident told police that someone had obtained their Social Security number and fraudulently opened accounts at Express, Victoria’s Secret and Mandee and that they’d received three credit cards and a bill for $748 from Victoria’s Secret charged on Sept. 2.

Someone left a bag of candy on the front porch of a Chestnut St. resident’s home, the owner told police. An unknown party has left candy six times within the past six months, the owner said.


An Ernest St. resident reported that within the last three weeks, someone had stolen their green metal filing cabinet, valued at $100, from their driveway.

Sept. 15 

A man drove up to a Centre St. business and swiped a bundle of 50 Star Ledger newspapers, valued at $50, from the curb


After observing an individual walking through side streets and appearing lost, police said they learned that the man, Enrique Garcia, 22, of North Bergen, was wanted on warrants from North Bergen and West New York. Garcia was released to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department.


Police responded to an abandoned Funston Place residence after receiving a call about three males seen exiting a black pickup truck and entering the house. Upon arrival, police said they saw a man standing next to a black Chevy pickup. The man told them two other men were inside and police escorted them out. The three told police they worked for Safeguard Properties and were there to winterize the house and produced valid paperwork confirming that information. However, police said one of the three men, Harold B. Williams, 56, of Elizabeth, was found to have an outstanding warrant from Linden. He was turned over to Elizabeth PD.

Sept. 17 

After getting a report of a woman wearing a white sweater and carrying a large bag suspected of shoplifting at a Harrison St. drug store, police went to the location and spotted a woman matching the description. Police said the woman had on her person proceeds from the alleged shoplifting incident with a total value of $78. Carmen Richardson, 36, of Newark, was charged with shoplifting. Police said she also had an outstanding warrant from Verona. She was released to Verona PD.


A Bloomfield Ave. resident reported that someone removed a folding work table, a full bucket of copper wire, aluminum cans, screens, weights, A/C unites and an animal trap from their property. Total value of the missing items was listed as $950. Detectives are investigating.


A Kingsland Ave. resident told police that upon returning home, they found that someone had smashed their butane grill lighter, which is kept on the outside window sill on their back porch. A piece of the broken lighter was found wedged into the awning of the 8-foot-high back porch.

Sept. 18 

A motor vehicle investigation involving someone known to have an active warrant from Wildwood Crest resulted in the arrest of Frank DiLiberto, 20, of Nutley, on charges of possession of marijuana under 50 grams and resisting arrest. He was released pending a court date.

– Ron Leir 

‘West Wing’ fans rejoice: ‘Madam Secretary’ will bring you your politics fix


By Kevin Canessa Jr.

Observer Correspondent 

Fans of “The West Wing” can finally rejoice. After seven years without a major political drama that really takes on issues as “West Wing” did, you’ve finally got a show on TV that brings you into the White House.

And even better, the major player in this new CBS show is a woman.

The show debuted last Sunday night — just before another great drama, “The Good Wife” — and it didn’t disappoint one bit from the very first scene.

The show follows the leadership of the nation’s new Secretary of State Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, played brilliantly by Tea Leoni. We first meet the secretary after two twenty-something boys from Hartford, Conn., are taken hostage while in Syria. The hostage takers think these kids are jihadists. Truth is, they’re not — they’re just two kids, really, who wanted to help seek peace for the Syrian people.

But they’re in serious trouble right away because the government of Syria says they’re going to be executed in just a few days — the days following their capture.

As all of this happens, the current Secretary of State is involved in a plane crash, and the President of the United States, Conrad Dalton, played by Keith Carradine (you may remember him as Frank from classic episodes of “Criminal Minds”) wants McCord to be his new Secretary of State.

She and her husband, Henry McCord, played by Tim Daly, are both living comfortable lives. She’s a political-science professor and he’s a religion professor at the University of Virginia.

But it all turns upside down when the President shows up to their Virginia ranch — and gives McCord a day to decide if she’ll accept the position.

You don’t say no to the President of the United States. No one does in reality. And no one ever did to other fictitious President, like Josiah Bartlet, most notably.

And so two months later, we’re rejoined with Mrs. McCord serving at the White House while her husband finds himself with a great job as a religion professor at the Jesuit university, Georgetown.

It’s a religion professor’s dream to work with the Jesuits, isn’t it? And that’s precisely what we learn about him when he gets there.

But Mrs. McCord is immediately faced with a crisis — and that is, to get these two hostages freed from the Syrian prison. That’s no easy task, given the political climate there in reality.

And the reality of it transcends into this new show.

From the get-go, we’re treated to just how difficult it is to be a member of the President’s cabinet. And perhaps too stereotypically, we’re shown, right away, that it’s often more challenging for a woman to get the President’s ear than it is for a man to get his ear.

Her covert plan to get the two hostages freed is immediately dismissed by the President — her long-time friend from days back in the Central Intelligence Agency — in favor of a plan presented by the chief of staff, a man.

So while there are some trite themes that one might expect a woman new to the White House to experience, the bottom line is the show has taken — and will continue to take — serious modern- day, post-9/11 themes and it will run with them.

This is perhaps even more exciting than “The West Wing” was, as that show never directly addressed the change to the world after 9/11 (the show began pre-Sept. 11, 2001 in 1999, and while it did occasionally touch on terrorism, it never did so based on real-time events).

“Madam Secretary” is different. The subjects are real. We finally get a very strong woman in a very high position of authority — and she’s the focus of the show, not the President at all.

In fact, this show doesn’t work one bit if the Secretary of State is a man. But it works with her as a woman (sure there have been other shows with women in a powerful position — think “24” — but those characters have always had major flaws and weaknesses.

Elizabeth Faulkner McCord is by no means weak. She’s anything but it.

And because of that, “Madam Secretary” is one that will absolutely last. It should draw tremendous ratings following football and “60 Minutes” on CBS.

And finally, “West Wing” fans can rejoice because they’re more than likely going to get the politics fix from Hollywood so desperately missed since that show went off the air seven years ago.

Coccia agent is a 6-time winner



For the sixth time in eight months this year, Billy Pena has been named Realtor of the Month at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Coccia Realty’s Kearny office, Jan R. Kwapniewski, president and owner of BHGRE Coccia Realty announced this week.

In August, Pena closed eight transactions, and to date in 2014, he’s closed 22 deals with a volume of $6.6 million, according to NJMLS statistics. He has seven pending transactions coming in September, as well.

The only agent who has closed more deals is Pena’s business partner, Amelia Pena, also a realtor with BHGRE | Coccia Realty. Year-to-date she has closed 25 transactions with a sales volume of $7.75 million.

Pena’s territory includes Harrison, Kearny, North Arlington and Lyndhurst. He specializes in residential, multifamily and income producing properties.

“Billy has been with us for over three years now, and he’s consistently been one of our top performers in the West Hudson County and South Bergen County areas,” Kwapniewski said. “I am very happy Billy decided to get into real estate after spending years as a financial advisor. He’s been a tremendous asset to our company.”

When asked about the qualities that contributed to Pena’s success, Kwapniewski credits Pena’s diligence, tenacity, market knowledge and customer service. “He also assimilated, quite well, the systems, technologies and tools provided to us by BHGRE and learned how to incorporate them into his business plan, providing his clients with exemplary service.”

Pena obtained his New Jersey real estate salesperson’s license in 2003. After spending a decade as a financial services advisor he transitioned into real estate sales over three years ago. He says he really enjoys the flexibility being a real-estate agent offers him, something that wasn’t possible in the corporate world.

“In the corporate America, there’s very little wiggle room in terms of working hours and production,” Pena said. “Here, I know I have freedom and flexibility. And I know there’s not that rigid structure to deal with. It’s a great life. I get to meet terrific people and help them realize their amazing goals and dreams. It’s a wonderful feeling when you help a person achieve something so personal and significant.”

That same flexibility allows him to be involved in numerous activities outside of real estate.

He currently serves on the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone’s board of commissioners (KUEZ), is a member of the Pre-Cana team at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny (marriage-preparation team), a member of the St. Stephen’s baptism-prep team and is a member of the Kearny Portuguese Cultural Association. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the New Jersey Association of Realtors.

The 35-year-old Kearny High School (1998) and Montclair State University graduate is married to Susana Pena, an elementary school teacher. They have a 4-year-old son, Lucas. To contact Pena, call him on his mobile at 201-232-4339 or send an email to billy@mycoccia.com.

BHGRE Coccia Realty, privately owned by Jan R. Kwapniewski, serves Hudson, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Passaic and Union counties. It was established in 1961 by Joseph Coccia Jr. In 1989, the company transitioned to new ownership and has since been led by Kwapniewski, who has modernized and grown the company while adhering to the original values of high standards, service and trust that were instilled in him by the original owner.

Coccia employs more than 100 agents, many of whom are multi-lingual speaking Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Greek, Hindi, Macedonian, Chinese, Russian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Polish. Its associates are seasoned agents with many years of service and have won numerous sales awards and accolades from various organizations. Offices are open seven days a week.

BHGRE Coccia’s year-todate includes closing over 190 transactions in 2014, totaling over $62 million in volume, according to statistics released by the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS).

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

Around Town


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 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 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.


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 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.