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He bit EMTs after crash, cops say


By Karen Zautyk 

Observer Correspondent 


A Paterson man who was involved in an auto accident on Passaic Ave. last week ended up under arrest after he bit two of the EMTs who had been called to render medical aid, Kearny police reported.

But then, he would have been arrested anyway, since police said he had four outstanding warrants. And was allegedly under the influence of marijuana.

The drama started at 9 a.m., March 17, when Officer Kevin Canaley responded to the report of a two-car crash at Passaic and W. Bennett Aves. and arrived to find two utility poles knocked down, one car up on the grass in the park and the second sitting sideways in the roadway.

Canaley summoned the Kearny EMS to assist both motorists, a 23-year-old Union woman, whose car had jumped the curb, and Joseph Williams, 42, of Paterson, operator of the vehicle that had spun around.

Police said that as the EMTs tried to aid Williams, he became “very combative,” and when attempts were made to restrain him, he began kicking, punching, spitting — and biting. He was eventually subdued and taken by ambulance, and under police guard, to Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

When police approached Williams’ car, they reportedly detected the odor of marijuana and observed a blunt cigar wrapper with suspected pot. And, police said, when Canaley made a warrant check, he found that Williams had four: two from Paterson, one from Newark and one from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams was charged on those and with two counts of aggravated assault; possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a CDS; possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle, and driving while suspended and uninsured.

Police said he was to remain under guard at the hospital until Hudson County Sheriff’s officers took custody of him.

6 new cops can’t keep pace with retirees

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By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 


Six new officers – two with local public safety pedigrees – have been added to the Kearny Police Department but due to anticipated retirements, their arrival won’t provide much relief for a force already stretched thin.

Last Monday, the Kearny Town Council voted to appoint the officers, effective April 13, at the initial salary step of $44,821 a year.

The rookies will begin their mandated training next month at the Passaic County Police Academy and, if successful, finish in October, Police Chief John Dowie said.

“Then, we get them for two months field training and orientation to local streets,” Dowie said. “We’re hoping to get them on the street by December.”

With the new hirings, Dowie said his departmental strength is up to 100 – far below the 120 authorized by the department’s Table of Organization.

Dowie estimated that “12 to 15” cops – many of them supervisory officers – will be eligible to put in their pension applications between now and year’s end. A 27- year veteran, Capt. Stephen P. Durkin, just retired March 1 with $72,732 in terminal leave pay and unused vacation pay. And Capt. Tom Osborn, with 27 years on the force, will be leaving June 1. Plus, Sgt. John Becker, with 26 years, is retiring April 1.

So, in anticipation of an even further diminished roster, Dowie said he has asked for an “immediate recertification” of an appointment list for more rank and file cops.

Meanwhile, Dowie, who was authorized to hire up to 10 new cops now, said it was a struggle just to end up with the new six officers from an original list of 75 eligibles.

The new hires are Dominic Dominguez, Mina Elkadious, Victor Girdwood, Sean Podolski, Esteban Gonzalez and Christos Manolis.

Dominguez, 22, is a Newark resident who did a one-year tour in Afghanistan with the Army’s 508th Military Police Combat unit and, following his discharge from the service, got a job as a dispatcher with the Montclair PD in December 2011 where he will continue to work until he enters the academy.

Elkadious, 23, is a Kearny resident who has worked as a paralegal with a law firm in Orange.

Girdwood, 24, is a Kearny resident whose dad, Victor Sr., is a member of the Kearny Fire Department. Victor Jr. has worked about six months as a Hudson County Sheriff ’s officer and has attended college classes.

Podolski, 20, is a lifelong Kearny resident and the son of Kearny Police Det. Stephen Podolski. He has been working as a private security officer for a South Kearny firm and has been taking college courses.

Gonzalez, 34, is a Newark resident who has performed military service as a weapons specialist with the Air National Guard. He has worked as a security officer with the Newark public school system and has served with the Essex County Department of Corrections since August 2014. He is married with two children.

Manolis, 25, is a Kearny resident and Kearny High School graduate who served with the Army in Afghanistan, earning a campaign medal and two campaign stars. After his discharge, he worked in private security and has served as a Hudson County Sheriff ’s officer assigned to the courts. He is a member of the Kearny Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Thoughts & Views: Maybe a Hollywood set crew could help

The U.S. Secret Service wants $8 million from Congress to build a fake White House so its agents can practice guarding the real place against outside threats.

Good luck getting it. Good luck getting anything from Congress these days. You can’t even get a free ride; in fact, that’s the one thing you know they won’t cough up. Anyway, you can’t really blame the new director for trying. Judging from the recent lapses that have been spotlighted in the national press – (so much for the “secret” part of their service) – it sounds like those agents of his must have a lot of time on their hands.

So having a place to practice should be a good thing because it will keep those agents occupied doing the secret things they do.

And, what’s more, if I were the director, I certainly wouldn’t stop there.

I mean, think about it: Part of the mission of the Secret Service (yes, I looked at their website to verify this and they didn’t make a secret of it) is to guard and protect our embassies overseas.

Well, we’ve got a whole bunch of embassies around the globe so the director should be asking for replicas of those embassies, too. Like the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, for example, where in 2012 we lost an ambassador and foreign service employee, and another location there where two CIA contractors were killed.

Of course, this is not to say that even if we had been more vigilant about protecting these facilities and representatives that extremists still wouldn’t have found a way to carry out their deadly missions.

Maybe we still need more communication between and among our federal agencies set up to detect and penetrate those groups who are actively seeking to do harm to our governments and representatives. There still seems to be too much territoriality exercised by our security agencies and lessons that were supposedly learned from 9/11 probably have been forgotten.

The Secret Service seems to have been snake-bitten, literally from the day President Lincoln signed the legislation on April 14, 1865, which happens to be the day he was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.

But don’t blame them for that outcome: the Secret Service was created as a creature of the U.S. Treasury to combat counterfeiting – then a scourge of the war-disrupted country.

An inept cop, John Parker, was assigned to guard Lincoln that night at Ford’s Theatre if you can believe the website todayifoundout.com which reports that Parker left his post at the president’s box to get a better view of the play and, during intermission, visited a nearby saloon, which probably didn’t help.

But the Secret Service did manage to thwart a counterfeiting gang’s scheme to steal Lincoln’s body and hold it for ransom in return for the release of a convicted counterfeiter.

After 1990, as its own website chronicles, the Secret Service widened its net to investigate any kind of threat, civil or criminal, to federally-insured financial institutions, including cyber-crime.

That, in turn, has led to several successful investigations including, notably, the arrest in 2004 of 24 suspects from various countries on charges of identity theft, computer and credit card fraud that caused the loss of more than $4 million to banks.

And in 2009, harking back to its original mission, the agency arrested nearly 3,000 counterfeiting suspects, nearly all of whom are convicted, and confiscated more than $180 million in phony U.S. currency.

Apparently, they did it without practicing on a currency replicator.

– Ron Leir 


• Last week’s story previewing a special meeting of the Harrison Board of Education March 24 on a proposed new school misstated the time of the meeting. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the board conference room on Hamilton St.
• Ron Leir’s March 10 column erred when it reported that Ford had accepted a U.S. government bailout. The auto firm originally said it would welcome the cash but then reversed itself, declining the offer. The Observer regrets the error.

He ‘checked in’ to county jail



A Brooklyn man who apparently came all the way to Kearny just to cash a check has taken up residence in the town. At least temporarily. His new address is the Hudson County Jail.

According to police, the suspect had tried to cash a check for $4,137 at the Chase Bank, Kearny and Johnston Aves., at about 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, March 12. Because there was no name on the check, he was turned away.

He returned at 4:30 p.m. with the same cashier’s check, which this time reportedly bore the name “David Abel.” Suspicious bank personnel, believing the check to be fraudulent, alerted the KPD, and Officers Richard Pawlowski and Dave Rakowski responded, Chief John Dowie said.

Asked for identification, the man allegedly presented a New York driver’s license in Abel’s name. However, when he was asked to spell the name, he could not, police said. Additionally, when asked to confirm his address, he could name the street but not the house number, police said. The license, they said, was determined to be fake.

A search incident to arrest produced other ID, which revealed him to be Thomas Des-Angus, 33, of Brooklyn. It also reportedly produced a New York identification card bearing a woman’s name.

Des-Angus was charged with: criminal attempted theft, identity theft, forgery, fraudulent checks, a false government document, and hindering apprehension.

He was remanded to the county jail on $20,000 bail, with no 10% option.

– Karen Zautyk 

Jurors find Jail official guilty of wiretapping

Following a federal jury trial in Newark, the deputy director of the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny has been found guilty of illegally wiretapping his coworkers, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The trial of Kirk Eady before Judge Jose L. Linares in U.S. District Court lasted four days. The jury deliberated only three hours before returning the guilty verdict March 13, Fishman’s office reported. Eady, 46, of East Brunswick, now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to authorities, on “more than 10 occasions” from March 8 to July 8, 2012, Eady “used the services of a website. . .to intercept the telephone calls of other Hudson County Correctional Facility employees and another individual who were critical of his work performance.”

Eady also recorded private phone conversations without the knowledge of those who were being monitored, authorities said.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI with the investigation leading to the guilty verdict. Eady’s sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

 – Karen Zautyk 

Potholes will be fixed soon, mayor vows

Now that it’s spring, Mayor Joseph Bianchi is asking local property owners to think ahead about sprucing up the community as the weather turns warmer.

“North Arlington is a beautiful community with well-maintained homes on our residential streets. The harsh winter has left properties which need to be cleaned up, minor damages repaired and lawns and yards needing attention,” Bianchi said.

“If everyone attends to their properties, the community will once again be pretty and attractive to us, our neighbors and those who visit,” the mayor added.

Bianchi asked residents to keep trash receptacles in rear yards and to avoid placing them curbside for collection before the appointed time.

Meanwhile, the mayor said the borough’s Public Works Department is preparing to fix the many potholes on local streets with newly purchased repair equipment.

Looking ahead to next winter, Bianchi said he plans an extensive review of all municipal codes relating to snow, with proper clearing of sidewalks and hydrants and making the community safe during bad weather a big priority.

“Dealing with snow and ice on roadways is a difficult and complex challenge,” Bianchi said. “Our DPW does an excellent job under very difficult circumstances. However, we could always do better. If local ordinances need to be changed in connection with parking, emergency roads and other matters in order to enable our staff to do better dealing with snow, I will be asking the Borough Council to consider that.”

Semiao & Abbot aim for TV hunt show Photos courtesy Fernando Semiao The Jerzee


By Kevin Canessa Jr. 

Observer Correspondent 


When Fernando Semiao was a younger boy growing up in Kearny, he and his brother would spend hours away from home. But they weren’t playing soccer or baseball like a lot of other kids their age — and they weren’t playing manhunt in the streets, either. No, instead, they’d hop the backyard fence at their Sanford Ave. home, and venture out into the Kearny meadows, and spend hours out there, exploring nature and the incredible number of different species of animals that called Kearny home.

As they got older, they got their hunting licenses, and were trained to hunt with a bow and arrow. Their love for hunting grew and grew. And now Semiao, along with his son, Antonio, and friend Bill Abbott and his son, Willie, have landed on a TV realitycompetition show called “The Search” on the Pursuit Channel — and with just a few weeks left in the show’s run, they need your help.

After each week’s new show airs, viewers are invited to vote for the team of hunters they think should win. And the team that wins will, in 2016, get their very own hunting show on the network.

Semiao really wants to get that opportunity because he says people across America need to know New Jersey’s so much more than the industries on the NJ Turnpike that most people think of when they hear the name New Jersey.

“When most people think of New Jersey, they really don’t think of our state as a place with a lot of beautiful nature,” Semiao said. “They think factories. We’ve already shown there’s so much more to our state, but if we win this competition, on our show next year, we want America to know — New Jersey is a great place to live and to hunt.”

But the Semiaos and Abbotts haven’t just hunted in New Jersey. For the show, which they recorded with their own cameras, they’ve traveled to places such as Utah, Ohio [where Semiao owns land of his own], Arizona, New Mexico, Canada other spots in North America.

But he says it’s really not about getting to the animals, but more about being able to spend time with his son, who also has a love for hunting, while appreciating the greatness of nature.

“It’s an incredible thing to be able to be with your kid in the woods. There are no distractions — no cell phones, no texting. It’s just a great opportunity to teach your kid life lessons and to bond.

“You know, my son plays baseball. And with sports, you take your kid to the field — and then turn him over to the coach. I’m on the sidelines and don’t even get to talk to him when that happens. With this, it’s just you and your son and I love every second of it — as does Bill.”

But how do he and Bill and the rest of the gang pull it all off? Everyone’s got busy lives, especially the adults, both of whom are local business owners [Semiao owns a Century 21 real-estate agency and Abbott owns an insurance agency].

Photos courtesy Fernando Semiao The Jerzee Boys after a goose hunt, from l., Willie Abbott, Antonio Semiao, Bill Abbott and Fernando Semiao. ABOVE: In the truck on their way to an early morning hunt. Seated in front, from l., l, Fernando Semiao and Bill Abbott.In rear, from l., Willie Abbott and Antonio Semiao.

Photos courtesy Fernando Semiao
The Jerzee Boys after a goose hunt, from l., Willie Abbott, Antonio Semiao, Bill Abbott and Fernando Semiao. ABOVE: In the truck on their way to an early morning hunt. Seated in front, from l., l, Fernando Semiao and Bill Abbott.In rear, from l., Willie Abbott and Antonio Semiao.


“It’s actually not as challenging as you might think,” Semiao said. “The sun’s up at 6 a.m., I’m in my tree by 5 a.m. preparing. From 6 to 9 a.m., you hunt while the animals are about, and then, by 10 a.m., I’m in a suit and tie in the office.”

How it all came about 

About two years ago, Semiao got a call from a man in South Jersey looking for two hunters to join his team. They were known as “The East Coast Hit Men” back then. But then, this opportunity arose — and Semiao went out, bought some video cameras, and then became, with Abbott, one of five teams from across the U.S. and Canada who would be part of “The Search.”

While it was a lot of hard work — they were responsible for the filming — they took enough footage for 13 episodes. And now, with just a few weeks remaining before the final votes are tallied for the new show for 2016, Semiao needs people to watch the show — and then vote for the team, known this year as “The Jerzee Boys Outdoors.”

“For some of the other teams, this is all they do — and they’re all from the South,” Semiao said. “One team from Missouri was even featured on a local news station there. So we really need the votes because we want to show America what New Jersey’s wildlife is all about.”

“The Search” airs on the Pursuit Channel — Channel 604 on DirecTV and Channel 393 on the Dish Network — at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays; 2 p.m., Wednesdays; and 5:30 p.m., Sundays. Don’t have DirecTV or Dish? Watch the show live, online and in HD at www.vidillion.tv/pursuitchannel. Visit “The Jerzee Boys Outdoors” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jerzeeboyzoutdoor. Vote for “The Jerzee Boys Outdoors” at www.VoteTheSearch.com. You can vote once a week.

Ready to define ‘normal’ for you


By Ron Leir

Observer Correspondent 


Those delightfully ghoulish characters created by Charles Addams will be making their way onto the stage at Harrison High School this weekend when the Drama Club presents “The Addams Family.”

But the seeds for this musical odyssey were first planted some four years ago when the high school musical production team traveled to the Minskoff Theatre in Manhattan for “At This Stage Expo” workshops featuring excerpts from currently running Broadway shows tied to an “anti-bullying” theme, recalled producer Matt Boryszewski.

One of those shows was “The Addams Family,” with the plot hanging on a brave effort by the masters of the macabre pretending to be normal for the sake of love-stricken Wednesday, to which notion, Grandma pipes up: “Define ‘normal’.”

And therein, the Harrison delegation learned, lies a parable for helping teach students “acceptance, not judgment” before leaping to attack a fellow student or teacher or anyone else, Boryszewski noted.

So, when the show became available for licensing last theater season, the Harrison team jumped at the chance to put it up on the boards. And, in the process of developing their characters, cast members were encouraged to apply the dictum to “define ‘normal’ ’’ in a non-judgmental way.

Aside from the 27 actors, there are another 23 who are doing backstage work, helping with crew production, props, costumes, lights and sound.

Although there’s no band this time around, musical director Leo DaSilva has blended an off-stage chorus with an electronic computer program of the show’s music, courtesy of Right On Cue Services.


Photo courtesy Matt Boryszewski TOP: Addams Family members, played by, from l., Breann Mobus, Jeffrey Solano, Raymond Pineda, Patrick Donayre, JulieCoelho, Flavio Escalante and Karla Vasquez. ABOVE: The cast at rehearsal.

Photo courtesy Matt Boryszewski
TOP: Addams Family members, played by, from l., Breann Mobus, Jeffrey
Solano, Raymond Pineda, Patrick Donayre, JulieCoelho, Flavio Escalante and
Karla Vasquez. ABOVE: The cast at rehearsal.

The advantage of approaching the music issue this way, DaSilva said, is that during rehearsals – and ultimately, at performances – the actors are consistently hearing the same orchestral accompaniment.

“We’ve re-created some of the original choreography from the Broadway show and added some [Bob] Fosse soft-shoe numbers, along with swing and Broadway vaudeville stylings, and, of course, the tango, so the show is very musically mixed,” he said.

Eighteen-year-old senior Melony Mercedes, who is now choreographing her third HHS musical, has been devoting one of every three rehearsal hours to overseeing the dance numbers and she says the cast “is doing great” mastering the various styles.

“They’ve come a long way since the first day of rehearsal,” she said.

The biggest challenge, Mercedes said, has been perfecting the big tango number. “It’s about developing a core strength in the abdominal muscle. It’s got to be contracted at all times but, at the same time, it has to look pretty.”

Coming off three months of practice, director Colin Shields, who was at the helm of last year’s musical, “Sweeney Todd,” is confident that this year’s effort will be every bit as good as the Sondheim vehicle.

“This cast is more than I could have dreamed of,” Shields said. “They were on stage one day and the very next day, everyone was off-book.”

Among the featured actors are brothers Raymond and David Pineda: Raymond is playing Gomez, the titular head of the family, filled amply by Nathan Lane on Broadway; while David is Lucas Beineke, the outsider for whom Wednesday has fallen, thereby presenting the Addams Family with the dilemma of how to act “normal” to facilitate the match.

Photos courtesy Matt Boryszewski Gomez and Morticia, played by Raymond Pineda and Julie Coelho.

Photos courtesy Matt Boryszewski
Gomez and Morticia, played by Raymond Pineda and Julie Coelho.


A 17-year-old senior, David has taken on father roles twice in the last two years: He was Tonton Julian in “Once on This Island” and Senex in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” so now he’s sliding into a whole different character.

“I’m crazy in love with Wednesday (played by sophomore Carla Vazquez) and that’s a completely different attitude,” he said.

David, who’s also a percussionist, is “definitely” interested in pursuing acting after graduation but he’s keeping an open mind about a possible career in music education.

Sophomore Julie Coelho, 16, who was “a lunatic” in “Sweeny,” now takes the role of Gomez’s partner, Morticia, played by Bebe Neuwirth on Broadway. “I love the character – it suits me,” Julie said.

Julie has been focusing on getting Morticia’s movements down, particularly in her dancing. “She glides,” Julie explained, “while maintaining her balance. She walks like a snake might walk.”

Also concentrating on her character’s ambulatory habits is senior Breann Mobus, 18, who is stepping into Grandma’s shoes. As the family matriarch, Breann said, “I get to be crazier and have lots of freedom.”

To get the flavor of the role, Breann – now in her fourth show with HHS – said she’s been watching “The Addams Family” movies and reading the Addams comic strips. “I make my voice raspy and my posture hunched over,” she said.

So, why not join the family? There’s something for every taste: a love story, creepy ghosts and quirky characters, and lots of music, too. Just leave your inhibitions at the door.

If you go…

What: “The Addams Family,” with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice (authors of “Jersey Boys”).

Who: Presented by Harrison High School.

When/Where: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 26, 27 & 28, all at 7:30 p.m., at the HHS auditorium.

Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for students and senior citizens.

around town


Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., is holding registration, for a Teddy Bear Tea Party set for Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. The library will host a puppet show on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 973-450-3434.


Holy Cross Church sponsors a trip to Las Vegas, April 29 to May 5. The group departs from Newark Airport Wednesday, April 29, at 7:15 a.m., for a non-stop flight via United Airlines and returns Thursday, May 5, at 6:15 a.m. The group will stay at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. The $771 per-person cost covers air, hotel and taxes. A $250 per-person deposit is required to guarantee reservations. Call Gina at European Travel, 973-484- 4023, or Joan at 973-481-2434.

East Newark 

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets 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.


See a screening of “The Theory of Everything” (PG- 13 / 123 minutes) at Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Eddie Redmayne took home the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of famous physicist Stephen Hawking. For more information on any of the library’s programs, call the library at 201-998-2666 or visit www.kearnylibrary.org.

West Hudson Christian Center, 557 Kearny Ave., hosts a Rock n’ Roll Easter Egg Hunt, open to ages 2 to 10, March 28, at 1 p.m. For more information, call 201- 997-7762.


The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., has a supply of dog food, both canned and dry, available to anyone due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty who cannot afford to feed their dog. Just stop by or call 201-896-9300 for more information. Hours: Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lyndhurst Garden Club will hear township resident Vincent Bello talk about growing citrus trees on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., at the Senior Citizens building on Cleveland Ave. Afterwards, there will be raffles and a social period with refreshments.

A benefit dinner for Jennie Gossweiler-Renna, now in her fifth year with ovarian cancer, will be held March 28, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Amvets post hall, 323 New York Ave. The $45 admission includes dinner, dancing and support for a wonderful person. For tickets, more information, or to make a donation, call Melissa Alfano at 201-736- 1584 or visit www.jenniebenefit.myevent.com.

Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a children’s Tricky Tray for pre-k to grade 5 Saturday, March 28, at the Senior Citizens building on Cleveland Ave. Admission is $5. Doors open at noon and the raffle begins at 1 p.m. Lunch items will be sold. No outside food is permitted. For tickets or more information, call Janet at 201-935-1208.

Lyndhurst Health Department announces:

  • The department’s bi-annual Women’s Health Clinic is set for Wednesday, April 1, at 9 a.m. This free event, made possible through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, includes education on breast self-examination, a PAP test and a pelvic exam. The clinic is open to all female Lyndhurst residents age 18 and over.
  • A free eye screening, including a check for glaucoma, is offered for all Lyndhurst residents age 18 and over Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m.

For an appointment for these programs, call 201- 804-2500.

Mary Lou Mullins monthly bus trip to Atlantic City to Resorts Casino is set for Sunday, March 29. Cost is $30. Cash return is $30. For reservations and more information, call Mary Lou at 201-939-2186.

Kingsland Lyndhurst AARP Chapter 4866 sponsors its annual entertainment night, Tricky Tray and raffles Thursday, April 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show features music of the ‘50s and ‘60s. No alcohol is permitted. Admission is $20. For tickets and more information, call Jo Oleske at 201-438-2118 or Kay Roberts at 201-438-3611.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., announces:

  • An exhibit by local artist Carol Joy Vérité is on display through April 6.
  • “We’re Talking Baseball,” a slide and lecture program on the golden age of New York baseball, presented by Dr. James P. Kane, is set for Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn about the N.Y. Giants, the ‘61 Yankees and more. Space is limited and registration is necessary. Call the library at 201-804- 2478, ext. 7, or email romeo@ lyndhurst.bccls.org.

Lyndhurst Boy Scout Troop 86 has launched its new co-ed Venture Crew for all boys and girls, ages 14-20. The Crew is youth-led, but relies on knowledgeable, experienced and trained adult men and women volunteers for sound guidance and advice. Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the United Presbyterian Church of Lyndhurst, 511 Ridge Road (entrance off Page Ave.), across from St. Michael’s Church. Outside activities include horseback riding, camping, BBQs, and many more fun activities. Interested youth and parents are invited to call Crew President Joe Shinnick at 201 275-2884 or email him at jmusic171@aol.com. For more information, visit the website: beascout.scouting.org.

The N.J. Meadowlands Commission holds its First- Sunday-of-the-Month nature walk, with the Bergen County Audubon Society, Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m. to noon. This free guided nature walk will take place in DeKorte Park, starting outside the Meadowlands Environment Center. Participants are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To register, email Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@gmail.com or call him at 201- 230-4983.

North Arlington

North Arlington Seniors, Inc. (Tuesday Club) sponsors a trip to Sands Casino in Pennsylvania April 9. The group leaves from Borough Hall at 9 a.m. Non-members are welcome. Call Rose Florio at 201-991-2423.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, has passes available for the Museum of the City of New York. Each pass allows two adults and four children access to this museum. Requirements to borrow: $50 cash deposit and an adult library card in good standing. http://www.mcny.org.

The library also offers a pass to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. This pass allows six people admission to the museum. Requirements to borrow: $50 cash deposit and an adult library card in good standing. http://www.intrepidmuseum.org.

To check availability, visit or call the library at 201-955- 5640.

The North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4, at North Arlington Middle School at noon.

The event includes games, prizes, and great photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, so don’t forget your cameras!

If it rains, the event will be held in the gym.


The Women’s Initiative of Nutley presents the Art Exhibit of Women’s History Month at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, throughout March and April.

The exhibit spotlights the oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil and photography of local artists Susan Farr, Jackie Hanlon, Margot Parker, Teresa Ruffo, Edith Sirmons and Dianne Louise Wilson. All have won awards in local, regional and national competitions.

Commissioner Steven Rogers and the Department of Public Affairs are sponsoring a Food Allergy Support Group for Nutley parents with food-allergic children Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., at the department offices, 149 Chestnut St. A township public health nurse, a school nurse and a parent advocate are the group’s co- facilitators. Call 973-284-4976 for more information.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, announces:

  • Preschool Story Time, open to ages 3 to 5, takes place Wednesdays, April 1, 8 and 29, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Participants must be Nutley residents. Registration is required.
  • Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meets weekly at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies. • Manga/Anime Club meets Thursday, April 2, at 3:15 p.m.
  • Monday Night Book Club discusses “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Copies of the book and a discussion guide are available at the library.
  • Babygarten, open to ages 23 months and under, is set for Tuesdays, April 7 and 28, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. The program is open only to Nutley residents.

For more information or to register for programs, call the library at 973-667-0405.