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Belleville Public Library cardholders can go to the library’s website at to download a wide selection of eBooks for library cardholders.
Donations are now being accepted for a giant library book sale at the Just a Party township event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15.  Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s books to the library. All sales will benefit the Friends of the Library.
Call Librarian Karyn Gost at 973-450-3434 to make an appointment to learn how to surf the Internet and set up an email account. Tutoring is for library cardholders only.
Need help with your resume and other career information? Call the library’s circulation desk at 973-450-3434 to reserve your time with library staff member Angela Digoino. This service is for Belleville Public Library cardholders only.
The Essex County Passport Outreach is available every second Thursday of the month at the Belleville Public Library and Information Center.  The following services will be available: application and renewal of passports, notary public oaths, veteran’s peddler licenses and physician license filing.
The library has added the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at Pier 86 in New York City to its museum membership collection. Library members may make reservations for free passes at the library’s circulation desk.
Tickets are also available for the American Museum of Natural History at a cost of $7 per person. Call the library at 973-450-3434 to make your reservations.
Take advantage of the biggest bargain in town and join the Friends of the Belleville Public Library and Information Center.  Individual membership is just $5, family membership $7, student membership $1, business $25, organization $25 and for just $50 you can be a member for life.  All proceeds from Friends programs benefit the library.

Bloomfield Public Library announces its Thursday Movie schedule: Sept. 1 – “The Lady from Shanghai” (NR) (Orson Welles),  Sept. 8 – “Tangled” (PG) (Mandy Moore), Sept. 15 – “Gunga Din” (NR) (Cary Grant), Sept. 22 – “Barney’s Version” (R) (Paul Giamatti) and Sept. 29 – “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (NR) (John Huston). All films start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater. Admission is free.
The library’s Monday Afternoon Movie will be: Sept. 5 – Library closed, Sept. 12 – “The Shop Around the Corner” (NR) (James Stewart), Sept. 19 – “Goldfinger” (NR) (Sean Connery) and Sept. 26 – “Time After Time,” (PG) (Malcolm McDowell). All films start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater. Admission is free.
The library will present a free workshop for people who are interested in starting and managing a small business on Sept.13 at 6:30 p.m., presented by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
SCORE will return on Oct. 18 with a seminar on financing a small business, on Nov. 2 with information on marketing a small business and on Dec. 14 to discuss social media and the Internet. These programs begin at 6:30 p.m.
For more information on this event or upcoming programs, please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
Ty Lowman’s comedy “For the Love of Money,” about members of a faithful God-fearing family whose lives change after winning the lottery, will be presented at   the Westminster Art Center at Bloomfield College, 445 Franklin St.,  on  Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Adults can purchase tickets for $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Seniors and students tickets are $20. Group rates are available as well. For more ticket information, visit or  call 848-448-9582 or 732-239-9183.

A Sept. 11 memorial service, “A Day of Remembrance” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11, from 12 to 3 p.m., at Harrison Library Park, Harrison Avenue. The event is sponsored by Harrison Mayor Raymond J. McDonough, Town Council, Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge #2326, Harrison Police Department, Harrison Fire Department and Harrison American Legion Post 282. Refreshments will be served at the Elks Lodge (across the street from the park). All are welcome to attend.
Starting Monday, Sept. 12, the Centro Romeu Cascaes Portuguese American Community Center, 308 William St., in Harrison, will resume its Zumba classes on Mondays and Thursdays and will be offering a new Zumba Toning class on Wednesdays.  The one-hour class will start at 7:30 p.m.  For more information or to register, please call Maria Marieiro at 973-482-0631 or 201-401-0826 or email

On Sept. 8, the Rosary  Society of Our Lady of Sorrows, 136 Davis Ave., in Kearny, will hold its first meeting of the 2011-2012 season. Guest speaker will be Len Mackesy, who will recount his experiences as deputy chief of the Port Authority Police on Sept. 11, 2001.
Registration for the fall 2011 semester of Kearny Adult School will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12-14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the main office of Kearny High School, 336 Devon St., Kearny. Brochures indicating course schedules are currently in the mail. If you did not receive one, you may pick up a copy at The Observer, Kearny Library or the Kearny Board of Education Office, 100 Davis Ave. For additional information, you may call Kearny Adult School at 201-955-1392.
Kearny High School Class of 1976 is planning a 35th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Scots Club, 40 Patterson St., Kearny.  All graduates and guests of the Class of ’76  are invited to attend.  For more details, contact the Reunion Committee at or check the Facebook Wall.  If anyone knows of any class member’s location/email address, they are asked to forward it to the above email address.
Knox Church, 36 Kearny Ave., will have yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. No experience is necessary; just wear loose clothes and bring a yoga mat.  Fee for classes is $10, which will benefit the church. For more information, call Edna Davie at 201-658-4355.

First-Sunday-of-the-Month Nature Walk – a free, two-hour outing with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society – will be held  Sept. 4 starting at 10 a.m. outside the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino at or call 201-230-4983.
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m., explore the Meadowlands up close with a two-hour NJMC guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes. For ages 10 and up. Suggested donation: $15 per person. Registration required: 201-460-4640 or
Come try a free dance class at the Lyndhurst Public Library on Wednesday, Sep. 14, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. This Creative Movement dance class, for children ages 2-6, will incorporate the basic elements of dance, while encouraging self-expression. Children will be introduced to dance steps and will have the opportunity to express their creativity through movement.  Space is limited and registration is necessary.  To register, call Director Donna Romeo at 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or email
The Lyndhurst Library will be collecting shoes on behalf of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)  for Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that provides shoes to the world’s less fortunate men, women and children.  A drop-off box will be located inside of the library’s main entrance on 355 Valley Brook Ave. until mid-September.  For more information, please contact Sherri Boxer at 201-803-6006 or email
St. Michael’s Leisure Club will have a bus ride to Sands Casino in Pennsylvania, leaving St. Michael’s parking lot on Page Avenue in Lyndhurst, on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. For more info and reservation, please call Georgianna at 201-438-7847.
The Lyndhurst Health Department will offer assistance with food stamp applications on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m.-noon. A representative from Bergen County Board of Social Services will offer individual support with completing the food stamp applications. For further information about Bergen County social services, please call 201-368-4200.

Nutley Public Library will have Adult Scrabble Night on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. the library will have Saturday Story Time and crafts for children of all ages. Registration is not required.
Patrons may stop by the library to play bridge on Tuesdays in September at 1 p.m. Experienced and non-experienced players are welcome. No registration is required.
Tuesday Evening Knitting Club will meet at the library on Sept. 6 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Meet fellow knitters, brush-up on your skills, and learn some new techniques. Please bring your own supplies. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month.
The Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Club will meet at the library every week from 1 to 3 p.m. Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Meet fellow knitters, brush-up on your skills, and learn some new techniques. Please bring your own supplies.
The library will show the following films on Fridays this month: Sept. 2 – “Life As We Know It,” Sept. 9 – “Inside Job,” Sept. 16 – “The King’s Speech,” Sept. 23 – “The Tourist” and Sept. 30 – “The Dilemma.” All films start at 2 p.m.
The first annual Golf For a Cure outing by the Nutley Football Alumni will be held on Monday, Oct. 3, at Hendricks Field Golf Course in Belleville.  October is National Prostate Cancer month, so the proceeds of this golf outing will be donated to benefit prostate cancer research.  In addition, the occasion will honor the memory of Nutley High School Head Football Coach Sandy Phillips (1955 to 1964), who led the school football team to a State Championship in 1960.
The event will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start and will be followed by a luncheon, with details to be announced. Anyone who wishes to participate is welcome.  Any business or individual wishing to be “hole sponsor” or make a contribution to this cause, is encouraged to do so.  For details and reservations, call Mario Cocchiola at 973-634-1240.

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