Around Town

Friends of the Belleville Public Library will have its annual Harvest Desserts and Fun Auction on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and available at the library.  Bid on the best restaurants and services in the area.  There is something for everyone, and it all benefits the library.
Did your house sustain damages during Hurricane Irene? You can link to help from the Belleville Public Library website:
Go to the library’s website at to download a wide selection of eBooks for library cardholders.
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 program is for library cardholders only.
The Essex County Passport Outreach is available every second Thursday of the month at the library.  Application and renewal of passports, notary public oaths, veterans peddler licenses and physician license filing are the services available.
Volunteers from the New Jersey State Health Insurance Assistance Program will be at the library the first and fourth Thursday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m., to help with Medicare questions.
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 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.
Join the Friends of the Belleville Public Library and Information Center:  Individual membership is $5, family membership $7, student membership $1, business $25, organization $25 and for $50 you can be a member for life.  All proceeds from Friends programs benefit the library.
The Belleville Elks Lodge needs vendors for an upcoming holiday bazaar. Cost is $30 a table and the lodge will supply tables. For more information, call Sandy at 973-953-9764. The bazaar will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Belleville Elks Lodge, 254 Washington Ave. The event will include a bake sale, music and more. Proceeds will go to special needs children and veterans.
Councilman-at-Large Kevin G. Kennedy is offering free notary service to Belleville residents. Call 973-934-1037 or go to 338 Washington Ave. Councilman Kennedy is also looking for donations to help Belleville residents: non-perishable food, toys for all ages and bicycles, toiletries. Donations can be brought to 338 Washington Ave., Belleville (next to Rossmore Pharmacy) or call 973-934-1037 for pickup.

A free workshop, “Financing Your Small Business”  will be held at Bloomfield Public Library on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., hosted by veteran SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) counselor Richard Berek. SCORE will return on Nov. 2 with information on marketing your small business, and on Dec. 14 with “Social Media and the Internet for Your Small Business.” Both programs will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
The next meeting of the library’s book club will be on Monday, Nov. 7, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in the conference room.  The topic of discussion will be “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin.  For further information or to request help in locating a copy of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext 502. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) will have a hospital health fair on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the medical center located at One Clara Maass Drive, Belleville. You are welcome to bring a brown bag of your medications, as pharmacists will be present to review your meds with you. There is no cost to attend this event. Registration is suggested. Please visit or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.

Essex County College will be offering free classes to job seekers at the Harrison Public Library to improve their computer and job search skills.. All courses will be delivered at a basic user level, are four hours and built around workforce development skills.
Classes are scheduled as follows: Nov. 1 – Windows, Nov. 15 – Word, Nov. 22 – Email and Nov. 29 – Internet. All classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Includes certificate upon completion. To register for the classes or for more information, call the library at 973-483- 2366.
The Harrison American Legion announced today that they will be having a special luncheon for members of the post that served during World War II and in Korea on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. The public is invited.

Coccia Realty is collecting new or like new men’s, women’s and children’s winter coats and accessories (hats, scarves, gloves, etc.). All coats collected will be donated to various local organizations for distribution to those in need. Coat donations may be dropped off at any Coccia Realty location: 636 Kearny Ave., Kearny; 273 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst; 11 Park Ave., Rutherford;  and 49 Main St., Madison. The drive will continue through Nov. 20. For more information call Paula Reyes or George Rosko at 201-320-2958 or 201-218-0841.
Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will serve a turkey dinner on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6:45 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The cost of the dinner is $10. There is no charge for those who want to attend the live auction, which begins at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased at the door. Take-out orders will be available. For more information, call 201-991-1132.
The 24th annual Kearny Halloween parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Tots, youth, teens, adults and senior citizens are welcome to participate in the line of march. Registration forms for all age participants and groups will soon be available at all Kearny schools and at the Kearny Recreation Department, located in Town Hall, 402 Kearny Ave. Floats and bands are being accepted. Any civic or social organization interested in entering a float or marching in the parade this year can contact the Recreation Department at 201-955-7983. The parade route will start on Kearny Avenue at Dukes Street and travel north past Town Hall. The Kearny Police Department stresses that no bikes or skateboards are allowed along the parade route.
St. Stephen’s Seniors will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m.  Table #7 is in charge of hospitality. Upcoming events: the annual Communion Breakfast – 10 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s followed by brunch at the Archdiocesan Center, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  For tickets call Vicki at 201-991-8345.  A. C. trips – Oct. 26 and Nov. 30.  For information call Peggy at 201-998-9443. Hunterdon Hills – Nov. 11 (waiting list only).  For information call Joan at 201-998-3578. The annual Everything Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For further club information, please call Tom at 201-998-8258.
Kearny Public Library will host two special Halloween events at the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave. The movie “Shrek” (rated PG) will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.  No registration required.  Children can come in costume and show off what they will wear on Halloween!  Light refreshments will be served.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., the branch library hosts a special Halloween macaroni skeleton art project for children ages 4 and up.  The program will be free of charge and supplies will be provided by the library.  However, space is limited.  Please call the main library children’s room at (201) 998-2666 to reserve your spot.
Kearny UNICO will meet on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in attending the meeting and/or learning more about Kearny UNICO, call Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.
Kearny UNICO will be honoring Judy Hyde as its Woman of the Year on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge.  Tickets are $60 per person. For tickets, call Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

The Lyndhurst Library is once again collecting coats and clothing for the First Cerebral Palsy Center’s Coat Drive to help the homeless of St. John’s Soup Kitchen through the fall. New and gently used coats for all seasons, fall and winter clothing, and shoes in all sizes from adult to infant are being accepted. The drop-off boxes are located at the main entrance of the library.  For more information, please call the Lyndhurst Library at 201-804-2478, ext.7.
The library will be holding a Halloween Cupcake Decorating program for students in grades 6 to 9 on Friday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 3:45 p.m.  All supplies will be provided and refreshments will be served.  Space is limited.  Please call the Young Adult Department at 201-804-2478, ext. 4 or email to register.
Personal health consultations are held monthly at the Lyndhurst Health Department to provide township residents with a confidential health assessment. No appointments are required for the following dates: Thursdays: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15 (9 to 11 a.m.). For more information, please call 201-804-2500. Information about all health department programs can be found at
Have all your breast health questions answered by experts from Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst. There is no cost to attend this event. Dinner will be served. Registration is suggested. Please visit or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.
Know Your Meds: Medication Safety Tips will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst. There is no cost to attend this event. Light breakfast will be served. Registration is suggested. Please visit or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church will hold an indoor flea market on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the building next to the church on the corner of Stuyvesant and Forest Aves., Lyndhurst. All proceeds go to the church.
The Lyndhurst Historical Society presents historian Bill Gent, lecturing about American Civil War medicine at American Legion, Post 139, 217 Webster Ave., Lyndhurst, on Oct. 19, starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge. For more information, please call 201-939-7972.
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host Cosmic Passport: Cosmic Tours Travel Agency with NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ambassador Laura Venner. Admission is $5 (MEC members $4). For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit
The Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Nature Walk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m.
This free two-hour guided nature walk will be to Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, where the group will look for fall migrants. The walk is run by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. You will have to sign a standard liability release for 2011 if you haven’t already. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201-230-4983.
Music of the Universe, featuring Musicora, will be held at the MEC on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. A heavenly body of music has been composed with the universe as its inspiration.  Musicora, combining piano, voice, violin, cello and guitar, brings this ethereal sound to the Meadowlands. Admission is $5 (MEC members $4). For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit
The Lyndhurst Public Library has purchased vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Each voucher can be redeemed for free general admission and one special exhibition, film, or live animal exhibition of the visitor’s choosing. The vouchers can be given to patrons over the age of 18 with a valid Lyndhurst Library card.  For more information, please call children’s room at 201-804-2478, ext. 3.

North Arlington
There will be Eucharistic adoration at Queen of Peace Church on Ridge Road, in North Arlington on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in honor of Priest Appreciation Sunday. Benediction will be at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the rectory at (201) 997-0700.
North Arlington Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a bus trip to Mt. Airy Casino on Thursday, Nov. 10. The cost is $30 (those attending will receive $25 in slot play and a $10 food voucher). The bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the Knights of Columbus Council Hall parking lot, 194 River Road, North Arlington. Please bring photo ID which is required to get the slot play money. For tickets, please contact Nicholas Cerchio at (201) 230-3428.

Nutley Public Library is accepting donations on Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 18  for a book sale. Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Friends of the Nutley Public Library to help support library programs and collections. The book sale will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Nutley Irish will have a Taste of the Town Party at the Parks and Rec Building, 44 Park Ave., in Nutley, on Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. There will be a DJ, Irish step dancers from Ardmore Academy and bagpipers.  The dignitaries for the 34th Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be announced. Ticket includes food from local restaurants, beer and soda.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by contacting Peg at 862-425-4068.

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