Around Town

The date for the Fun Auction, held by Friends of the Belleville Public Library has been changed to Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:00 p.m.
The event is free.  Laugh along with Library Director  and auctioneer Joan Taub, as you bid on the best restaurants and services in the area, while enjoying delicious desserts.  There is something for everyone and all profits go to the library.
Did your house sustain damage during Hurricane Irene? You can link to help from the library’s website at:
Library cardholders who wish to download a wide selection of EBooks, are encouraged to visit the library’s website at  HYPERLINK “”
If you’d like to learn how to surf the Internet and/or to set up an email account, call Librarian Karyn Gost at 973-450-3434.  Tutoring is for library cardholders only.
Need help with your resume and other career information? Call the circulation desk at the library, 973-450-3434, to reserve time with library staff member Angela Digoino. 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 services are available.
Volunteers from the New Jersey State Health Insurance Assistance Program are ready to help with any Medicare questions that you may have.  Call the library at 973-450-3434 for an appointment.
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 reservations.
Join the Friends of the Belleville Public Library and Information Center. Membership fees are as follows: Student $1; Individual $5; family $7; business $25; organization $25; Lifetime $50.  All proceeds from Friends programs benefit the library.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, the Bloomfield Public Library will be offering a “Food for Fines” amnesty from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Any patrons who return overdue books, CD’s, DVD’s, videocassettes or audio books during the amnesty period may clear their fines by bringing in one food item per overdue charge.  Food will be donated to the United Way for distribution to local food pantries. This amnesty applies only to current fines due on Bloomfield Public Library materials returned during the amnesty week.  Previously accrued fines and charges for items lost, damaged or borrowed from another library are not included.  For the safety of those who need this food, please do not bring in any spoiled, opened, or expired food or anything in a glass container.
The library will host a series of three classes on linear algebra on Tuesdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, at 6:00 p.m.  Registration is required. To register, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502. Anyone is welcome, including middle-school children, teens or adults who want to brush up on their linear algebra skills. A local volunteer, Carol Morgan-Brown, MSFE, will lead these classes. Morgan-Brown is an  NYU graduate, manager of Carol’s Green Chip Index and director of “The y=3x+2 Scholarship Fund.” To learn more about the fund, visit:  HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” She is currently a New York State Permanent Certified Secondary Mathematics Teacher, New York State Permanent Certified Business and Distributive Education Teacher, and New York State Provisional Certified Attendance Teacher.
The library’s book club will meet on Monday, Dec. 5, from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “The End of the Affair” by Graham Greene. Set in war-torn London, this account of an adulterous affair and its aftermath     explores the boundless capacity of the human heart for love, hate, and the acceptance of God. 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.

East Newark
West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group will provide an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246-7750, or Fatima at 973-485-4236, or email HYPERLINK “” Together we will fight this disease.

Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will host its annual Turkey Day dance on Friday, Nov. 25, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Prizes will be given to the best dancers. This event is recommended for grades 6-9. Executive Director Tom Fraser, Chairman Paul Viera, and Rich Wagner will supervise the dance.
The Scots American Club, Kearny, thanks two distinguished lifetime members, Claude Neilson and Jerry “Skeeter” Leahy for their long and dedicated service to the Scots Club at its 80th annual banquet on Saturday, Nov. 26, in the Fiesta Banquet Hall, Wood-Ridge. Reservations for tables are being accepted with payment of $75 per person.
The Scots American Club’s semi-annual blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the St Andrew’s Lounge at the club, 40 Patterson St., Kearny, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Scots Club annual Kiddies Christmas party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3:00 p.m. A sign-up list is posted at the bar. All members and their families are invited to receive a gift from Santa Claus.
The Cecilian Seniors has scheduled a trip to Mt. Airy Casino on Dec. 14.  Cost is $30. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the front of St. Cecilia’s Church. If interested, call Johnnie B. at 201-997-9552 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Kearny Recreation Commission has planned a trip to Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular on Wednesday, Dec. 28, for a  1:00 p.m. performance. Tickets are $50 apiece, which includes mezzanine seating and transportation. The bus will leave Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. and return to Kearny by 4:00 p.m. Ticket sign-up is available to Kearny residents only (up to two tickets per household) beginning Monday, Nov. 28,  through Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kearny Recreation office at Town Hall. Tickets are limited and will be issued on a lottery basis. The drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4:10 p.m. Proof of Kearny residency is required. All winners will be notified by phone and/or mail. For further information, call the Kearny Recreation Department at 201-955-7983.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will have its first Sunday-of-the-month Nature Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 10:00 a.m. This free two-hour program at DeKorte Park features a short talk and slide show on raptors and winter waterfowl of the Meadowlands by the NJMC’s Jim Wright, followed by a walk along Disposal Road. We’ll meet just inside the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Check HYPERLINK “” for last-minute updates and weather advisories. You will have to sign a standard liability release for 2011 if you haven’t already. For further information, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at: HYPERLINK “” or at 201-230-4983.

North Arlington
Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #3428 will sponsor a blood drive at the Council Hall,194 River Road, N. Arlington, on Friday, Nov. 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Nutley Jaycees Senior Miss Scholarship program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Nutley High School. Representing the Nutley seniors are contestants: Alexandra Aiery, Jessi-lynn Minneci, Rikako Nishimura, Kieran Swanson, Monica Benitez, Amy Conte, Dahee Sung, Sara Centrulo and Lee-Ann Ellison. The contestants will be judged on fitness, poise and talent. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
The library’s Monday Night Book Club will meet to discuss “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:00 p.m.  The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Newcomers are welcome.
Registration for the Township of Nutley’s 4th Annual Mayor’s Wellness Challenge is scheduled for Dec. 1 through Jan. 2.
Register online at HYPERLINK “” or at the Mayor’s office,
149 Chestnut St., Nutley. Registration fee is $15. The challenge lasts 18-weeks. It starts on Jan. 9, 2012 and finishes on May 14th.
Santa’s Express Mailbox will be available from Friday, Santa’s Express Mailbox will be available from Friday, Nov. 25 to Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Nutley Park Oval entrance on Chestnut St., Nutley. Remember to put your name, age and return address on your letter for a response from Santa.
The Township of Nutley’s Annual Holiday Lighting is set for Sunday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the John H. Walker Middle School and Nutley Park Oval.

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