Around Town


Join the Belleville-based CBP troupe (formerly the Cherry Blossom Players) on June 3 for an early-dinner banquet to benefit the Pajama Program, a not-for-profit organization that provides new pairs of pajamas and new books to children in need, many of who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. In addition to the banquet, CBP requests that all guests bring new pairs of pajamas or new books.

The dinner banquet will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bella Gente Ristorante on Bloomfield Avenue in Verona, featuring performances from “Into the Woods,” which interweaves fairy tales, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Tickets cost $40 per guest, which includes meal, entertainment, soft beverages, vouchers to be used toward “Into the Woods,” and socializing. All reservations must be made no later than May 28! Please send advanced payment (certified checks preferred) to the brand-new “CBP” Mailing Address: 87 Prospect Terrace – 2nd Floor, East Rutherford. No refunds will be granted after May 28.


The Bloomfield DPW and Recycling Committee, in conjunction with Bloomfield Shop-Rite and Brookdale Christian Church, will be collecting electronics for recycling in the parking lot across the street from the church on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. A Bloomfield DPW Recycling truck will be stationed there.

Items include Computers, printers, monitors, wire & cables, keyboards, mice, telephones, TVs under 32”, VCRs, DVD players, stereos and small appliances.


American Legion Auxiliary, Harrison, will have a yard sale at 8 Patterson St., on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables are available for $10 each. Call Evelyn at 973-483-4573 to reserve or for more information.


Kearny Recreation Department and the West Hudson/ South Bergen Optimist Club will co-sponsor its annual fishing derby on Sunday, May 20 (rain or shine) at West Hudson Park pond, located between Davis and Schuyler Avenues.

Boys and girls up to age 12 are invited to try their fishing skills and compete for trophies and fishing gear prizes. Registration will take place at the pond, beginning at noon the day of the event.

All participants are asked to bring their own fishing gear, including tackle and bait. Fishing poles (bamboo canes) and tackle will be provided to the first 100+ youths who do not bring their own gear.

A parent or guardian is encouraged to attend with the participants. All adults 16 years of age and older are required to be in possession of a valid New Jersey State fishing license if they intend to fish. All children 15 years of age and younger are not required to possess any fishing licenses.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., will serve a pork dinner in the church’s Fellowship Hall on Friday, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. Take-out orders will be available. Dinners for adults are $10 and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-1132.

American Legion Unit 99 Ladies Auxiliary of Kearny is hosting a Memorial Day benefit softball game and concert in memory of Army Staff Sergeant Edward Karolasz, of Kearny. All proceeds will be donated to the Edward Karolasz Scholarship Fund for Kearny High School students. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, with softball from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (all softball players must register before Friday, May 18), barbecue from 1 to 2 p.m. and music from 2 to 4 p.m. at American legion Unit 99, 314 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, call 732-687- 9314. Active duty veterans and their spouses will be admitted free and all other veterans for half-price. Ticket price includes softball game, barbecue lunch and a concert by a local band. The event will be held rain or shine and will be alcohol-free. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.

Kearny library patrons can now set-up a one-on-one, half-hour session with professional librarians for help with putting together and typing a resume and applying for a job online. The sessions will be held at the main library. To sign up, call (201) 998-2666.

The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Guests are welcome.

W.H.A.T. is also hosting a special Nunsense Flapjack Fundraiser on Sunday, June 10, 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 175 Passaic Avenue, Kearny.

The pancakes get a whole new twist when cast members from Nunsense ‘take the stage’ during the breakfast to perform and interact with the diners. “It should certainly prove to be a ‘spirited’ morning!” said W.H.A.T. president Jerry Ficeto.

Breakfast tickets are $10 and are available online at or 570 Kearny Ave.


A Flea Market, Collectible Show & Big Swap Bonanza will be held on Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (outdoors) at the New Jersey Transit Lot, New York Avenue (off Ridge Rd), Lyndhurst. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Lyndhurst High School Band.

The library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside the library’s back entrance. It will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.

Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 527 Valley Brooke Ave., will host a Karaoke Night on May 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is also available for all occasions. For more information, call the Post at 201-939-3080.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will host a stroke, aneurysm, osteoporosis and vascular disease screening provided by Life Line Screening on Monday, June 4. The price varies with each screening. Pre-registration is required. Appointments can be made with Life Line at 877-792-8480 or on-line at community-partners.

Lyndhurst Library children’s room announces the following events: Walk-In Story for Pre-K to grade 2 is held on Monday Wednesday and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Storytime for children 3 and up is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and for ages 3 to 4 (only) at 1:30 p.m. Themes for each week are: May 10 – Mother’s treat, May 17 – Finger puppets, May 24 – Zoo animals and May 31 – Final Blast Off! S

pace is limited. Registration is required for all programs.

A veterans ward party will be held at Chestnut Hill Extended Care facility, Passaic on Tuesday, May 22, starting at 2:30 p.m. The party is sponsored by Rebecca Brugalleta in memory of her uncle Drew, who died in an accident in 1982.

American Legion Post 139, Lyndhurst, Rehabilitation committee will play games and distribute treats to the veterans at the game and to those bedridden. For more information to sponsor a part please call 201-438-2255.

North Arlington

The Borough of North Arlington will have its Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca. Complimentary food, drinks and a live band will follow behind Borough Hall after the parade and ceremony.

Join Clara Maass Medical Center medical experts at North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave, North Arlington, on Thursday, May 24, at 12 p.m., to learn how to prevent stroke and recognize symptoms. Free blood pressure screenings will be provided. Lunch will be served.

To register, please call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4 or visit Walk-ins are welcome.


Nutley Public Library will host a Teen Video Game Tourney on Friday, May 18, at 3 p.m. Wii, Xbox or bring your DS to play each other.

The Allegro Singers with Inna Leytush will perform selections from your favorite operas at the library on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

Pen to Prose Writer’s Group will meet at the library on Monday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The group was formed to read worksin- 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.

The library will host a program on The Artist’s Enclosure Colony on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Barry Lenson, director of the Nutley Museum Board and Board Member of the Nutley Historical Society, will present a slideshow and discussion explaining the history of the artists’ colony that flourished on The Enclosure during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Teen Open/Anime Mic Night will be held at the library on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Check the teen website for further details at

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