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Did your house sustain damages during Hurricane Irene? You can link to help from the Belleville Public Library website:
Volunteers from the New Jersey State Health Insurance Assistance Program will be at the library on the first and fourth Thursday of each month, from 1 to 4 p.m., to help with Medicare questions.

Job Haines Home, 250 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, will host Olympic Games on Friday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. The event will include relay races and an ice cream social. All events are free of charge. Those interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. to Donna Plotnick, 973-743-0792, ext. 133 or email
Communication: The Key to Understanding Behaviors, a program for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21,  from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Job Haines Home, 250 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. There is no fee for attending this program. For registration and more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 973-586-4300. For information on Alzheimer’s disease or support to individuals, families and caregivers coping with the disease, call the Alzheimer’s helpline at 1-800-272-3900, or visit
Effective immediately, the Bloomfield Public Library will be closed on Sundays.  Beginning on Oct. 3 library hours will change to:  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,  Thursdays and Fridays:  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and  Saturdays:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The new schedule is a response to economic necessity. Please address any questions or comments to the library’s Administration Office at 973-566-6200, ext. 204.
The library announces that effective Sept. 19, the price of both computer printing and photocopying will increase to 20 cents per page.
Bloomfield Public Library announces one-on-one computer tutoring sessions will resume on Sept. 19.  Learn the basics of how to use a computer, word processing or Internet. Appointments are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration is required.  This program runs until the end of December and is open only to library cardholders only.  To register, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502 or email

The #2326 Women’s Social Club of the Harrison/East Newark Elks will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Elks Lodge, 406 Harrison Ave., Harrison, at 8 p.m. Women, age 25 and over, interested in becoming a member are invited to attend.
A Tricky Tray will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 406 Harrison Ave., Harrison.  This event is open to the public.
A bus ride to Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, will be held on Oct. 16. The bus will leave from the Elks Lodge, 406 Harrison Ave., Harrison, at 10 a.m. For reservations, call Shirley at 973-483-6451.
Any family in the area of Harrison, East Newark or Kearny with a loved one serving in the military, may mail his or her address to Shirley Becker, 327 John St., East Newark, NJ 07029-2724.
Harrison American Legion will hold its installation of officers Saturday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Post home on Patterson St. Speakers include Mayor Raymond McDonough and various members of the Town Council.

The Salvation Army, 28 Beech St., Kearny, is offering computer classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. A $30 fee is charged per 12 hours of instruction. The classes cover basic computer skills (mouse, keyboard, Internet), email, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
A “Blessing of the Animals” to mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. on the lawn at Sacred Heart Church Chapel, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  For information, call:  201-998-0088, ext. 4154.
Kearny Seniors are planning a trip to Resorts, Atlantic City, on Friday, Oct. 7. Cost is $30. The bus will leave from the Henrietta Benstead Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Contact Therese at 201-997-7269.
Kearny UNICO is sponsoring a fund-raising bus trip to Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, Sept. 25.  Bus will depart the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings on Kearny Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 per person with $30 back from the casino.  If interested in going on the trip, please contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.
A Geek Flea, sponsored by, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Collectibles, comic books, video games, toys, arts, crafts — relevant to Geek culture — will be available as well as  board game demos and Baby Castles independent video game arcade. Event is free and for all ages. Food and drink will be available.
First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., is hosting a wine and cheese tasting on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call 201-991-3513 to reserve your seat.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will be assisting with applications for disaster relief food stamp assistance on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The goal of this program is to make sure that people who have been severely affected by Hurricane Irene have money for food. This assistance is for individuals not currently receiving food stamps. Residents from Lyndhurst and surrounding towns are welcome to apply for this emergency state benefit.
Please bring proof of ID. Applicants will be asked for their monthly income, bank assets, and disaster related expenses/losses. The disaster application eases requirements around documents necessary to apply. Those approved will receive a one-time benefit. The amount received will depend on family size; it will be applied to a card similar to a debit/credit card for the purchase of food items. If you already receive food stamps, you should not apply for the emergency program. Please call (201) 368-4200 for further information.
Mary Lou Mullins’ monthly bus trip to Atlantic City schedule is as follows: Sundays, Sept. 25, Oct. 30 and Nov. 27. All trips will be to Resorts Casino. Cost is $25 with cash returned of $22. The bus will leave from St. Michael’s Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m.  Refreshments will be served and Bingo will be played on the bus. Please make reservations early. Call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186 for more information.
Masonic Club of Lyndhurst, 316 Riverside Ave., will have its annual Crab Night, featuring all-you-can-eat crabs and cole slaw, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. Chicken will be available for non-seafood eaters. Clams will also be available for a reasonable extra cost. Reservations are highly recommended. Call the club at 201-933-1330.

North Arlington
North Arlington Elks Lodge #1992 will conduct its annual fund drive for physically disabled children all-day Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. Members will be out at locations throughout North Arlington to collect donations from local businesses and residents.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month. If you or someone you know would like to get a North Arlington Public Library card, stop by library or apply online at
Author C. Marina Marchese will be at the library on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. signing copies of “Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper.” The book is available to check-out at the library if you would like to read it before the author’s visit. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information about C. Marina Marchese, visit:
Registration is not necessary, but suggested. Please call 201-955-5640. This program is intended for adults, but everyone is welcome to attend. Students attending must be accompanied by a parent.
Friends of the Library will meet on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center. New members are welcome.
The Historical Book Club meets on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at the library. New members welcome. Visit the reference desk to obtain a copy of this month’s book.
Fiction Book Club meets on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center (behind the library). New members welcome. Visit the reference desk to obtain a copy of this month’s book.
Currently on display in the library’s display case is “Pre Electric Kitchenware,” on loan from the Meadowlands Museum.
To view the library’s entire September activities calendar for children, visit:
If your child still needs to obtain copies of their summer reading books, the library has the links to the lists posted at
and copies of the books are available at the library.
The library will return to regular operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 6. For BCCLS member library’s hours, visit:
The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington announces the following trips to the Taj Mahal: Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 1. The cost is $23. For information or to make a reservation, call Florence at 201-991-3173.
North Arlington Woman’s Club will hold its second annual pasta dinner on Friday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. at the North Arlington Senior Center (behind the library, across from the police station). Pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and soda will be served. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For tickets, call Maryann at 201-997-8915 or Micki at 201-997-5041.

The Nutley Irish American Alliance will hold its next meeting Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at VFW Post 493, 271 Washington Ave. in Nutley. New officers for 2011-2012 are: President, Tom McEnery; Vice President, Judy McIntyre; Recording Secretary, Dave Hollywood; Corresponding Secretary, Deidre Hollywood, and  Treasurer/Legal Counsel, Frank Costenbader.  For more information on the club, visit New members are always welcome.
Nutley Public Library’s Pen to Prose Writer’s Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Read works-in-progress, share accomplishments, critique works, give writing instruction, and provide encouragement and inspiration to aspiring authors. The group is free and open to the public.
A jewelry workshop with Deborah Ambrosio will be held at the library on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Create a beaded necklace to take home. Since materials will be included, registration is required and is limited to 15 people.
The library offers Babygarten for infants and toddlers (babies from birth to 22 months) and their caregivers on  Mondays, Oct. 3, 17, 24 and 31 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The program includes stories, nursery rhymes and playtime. Registration is required.
One Book Nutley, Reading Together book discussion program will be held at the library on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. This program will feature a discussion and book signing with Brad Parks, author of “Faces of the Gone.” Copies of the book are currently available at the library. This program is free and open to the public.
Taming the Mouse, a beginning level class on how to use a computer mouse, is scheduled at the library for Friday, Oct. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is required and limited to eight people per class. This is a single session class and will be meeting on two different dates. The next session will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m.
To register or for more information on any library programs, call 973-667-0405 or visit

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