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Belleville Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is offering help with information about benefits and services available for veterans. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be on location at the Disabled American Veterans, Belleville-Nutley Chapter #22, 612 Mills St., Belleville, on Oct. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to provide counseling and claim filing assistance free to all veterans and members of their families.

For further information regarding these events, please contact Nicholas Bernardi at (973) 297-3378.


The Bloomfield Library Book Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6:45 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “Arthur and George” by Julian Barnes.

Barnes has won numerous prestigious literary awards in France, the Netherlands and his native England.

For more information or to request help in locating a cop of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502.

The library has resumed its computer tutoring classes. Student volunteers from Bloomfield College provide one-on-one tutoring – by appointment. Appointments for basic sessions are available on weekdays. If you miss your tutoring appointment without calling to notify the library ahead of time you will not be rescheduled. To register, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502.

The library is changing its hours to: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These changes will be effective Oct. 1. Please address any comments to the library’s administrative office at 973-566-6200, ext. 204.


Harrison Fire Department will begin its four-week hydrant-flushing program throughout Harrison beginning the week of Oct. 1, Monday through Friday, from 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Flushing removes harmless minerals that collect in the water mains, helping to maintain the integrity of the distribution system by keeping the water lines clean. It is also necessary for fire protection because flushing ensures that the hydrants are working properly.

Residents will experience low water pressure and discolored water. While the water is safe to drink, customers may prefer to wait until it runs clear before drinking or washing clothes or dishes.

For more information, call the Harrison Water Department at 973-268-2431.

Council 402 of the Knights of Columbus, Harrison, will have a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. All members are urged to attend this important meeting.


Calvary United Methodist Church will have its annual picnic on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Riverbank Park, Kearny, (across from Dunkin’ Donuts) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kearny High School Class of 2002’s 10-year reunion will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Fiesta in Wood-Ridge, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring a five-hour premium open bar, full buffet and entertainment.

Price is $77.50 per person ($155 with guest) and can be made via PayPal to

Visit their Facebook page “KHS Class of 2002 Reunion” for more details.

Kearny UNICO will host an Italian Heritage event on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny. Admission is free.

The event will include such activities as an Italian lesson, Italian songs and music, bocce play and rules, Italian food tastings and much, much more.

Although the event is provided free of charge, individuals interested in attending are asked to contact Kearny UNICO Vice President Joseph Sgalia by calling 201-998-6879 or email to reserve a seat.

Anyone interested in learning more about or joining Kearny UNICO should also contact Joseph Sgalia or Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

A Creative Minds Lego’s workshop will be held at the West Hudson Family Success Center, 655 Kearny Ave., Suite 103, Kearny, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. This workshop’s goal is to inspire creativity, team building skills and much more. For more information, call 201-998- 0803.


Author Rita Gigante from Tappan, N.Y. will sign and do a reading from her book “The Godfather’s Daughter- A message of Love, Healing and Redemption” on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mystical World Bookstore, 648 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst. There will be books for purchase or bring your pre-purchased books for signing. For more info visit or call 201-896-3999.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold free flu vaccine clinics available to Lyndhurst residents, age 18 and older, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 -4 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 25 and 28 and Oct. 2 and 4. Proof of township residency is required. Medicare recipients must present their Medicare cards at the time of the clinic.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold its biannual Women’s Health Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 9:30 a.m. This free event, made possible through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, includes education on breast self-examination and a pelvic exam performed by Dr. Cheatam. The Lyndhurst Women’s Health Clinic is open to all female Lyndhurst residents age 18 years and over. Please call 201-804-2500 to make an appointment.

Lyndhurst Public Library will host “Ireland: Tea, Food and Folklore” on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., hosted by Food Historian Judith Krall- Russo. Space is limited. To register, email or call 201-804-2478, ext. 7.

Lyndhurst High School class of 1947 will be holding a class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 6, at San Carlo’s restaurant, Lyndhurst, starting at 6 p.m. For more information on other events to be held on that weekend, please call Ann Montillo at 201-939-6340. Classmates that cannot attend should call Ann with updated information.

Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. This will be the last tour of the season.

Experienced NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way.

Pontoon boat cruise departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Cost is $15 per person. Pre-registration required. Call 201-460-4640.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will host a free program on safe seafood consumption, “Should I tell my children and grandchildren to eat the fish and crabs they catch?” on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst.

Join Meadowlands Environment Center Director Dr. Angela Cristini as she introduces you to the seafood you eat and discusses the benefits, risks and preparation of seafood. Compete for prizes in our “Marsh Jeopardy” game. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

Bugs and Beasts: Drawing Safari for Kids, a wildlife adventure combining art and science, will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 (accompanied by an adult), young explorers will learn to draw animals like a scientist and then go on a mini-safari. Find animals to study and draw. Take-home supplies included, but the critters get released. The cost is $10 per child/$8 MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

The Lyndhurst Woman’s Club is sponsoring a bus trip to Crossings Outlets and Mount Airy Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The bus will depart from the Transit Lot by the Shop Rite in Lyndhurst at 8:30 a.m. Shopping will take place between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; then the group will go to the casino and depart for home at 6 p.m. For tickets or further information call Janet at 201- 935-1208.

Mayor Giangeruso and the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners announces Lyndhurst’s first annual Columbus Day celebration, sponsored by Mr. Bruno’s, 439 Valley Brook Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 10 p.m. (Rain date Saturday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 8 p.m.)

North Arlington

North Arlington Public Library will host Storytime for children ages 2 to 5 on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 26, at 11:45 a.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the library will have a Storytime at 7 p.m. for children ages 2 to 5, sponsored by the NA Women’s Club.

On Friday, Sept. 21, the library will have an YA Movie Day, for grades 6 and up, at 3 p.m.

The library’s Tween Book Club, for grades 4 to 8, will meet on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. An Origami Club for grades 4 and up will meet on Friday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

North Arlington Health Department is scheduling its flu clinics by appointment only for residents age 18 and older on Monday, Oct. 1, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3. Appointments times will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. for each day.

An evening clinic, also by appointment, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. for residents age 18 and older.

The vaccine is offered free of charge for those covered by traditional Medicare Part B. Medicare card MUST be presented at the time of immunization.

There will be a $20 fee for those not covered by Medicare. Annual vaccination for the flu is especially recommended for adults age 50 and over and for those who have chronic conditions, such as: heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, severe anemia and conditions which require immunosuppressive therapy, as well as for those who can spread influenza to those at high risk.

For appointment or information, please call the Health Department at 201-955-5695.


Students in grades 3 to 12 are welcome to audition for Nutley Parks and Recreation Department’s its winter musical production “The Music Man.”

All 3rd and 4th grade students who register will be part of the chorus; principal roles will be assigned to 7th-12th graders. Auditions will take place and on Sept. 24 (grades 5-6 at the Parks and Recreation building) and 25 (grades 7 to 12 at John Walker Middle School), with callbacks by appointment on Sept. 26.

Performance dates will be Jan. 10, 11 and 12. All those interested must pre-register at the Parks and Recreation building to obtain your audition packet. Numbers will be issued the night of auditions on a first-come first-serve basis.

For further information, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 973-284-4966. A pep rally/dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new turf field at Monsignor Owens Park in Nutley will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m.

The rally will include the Jr. Raider Football program and the Recreation Flag Football, cheerleading and soccer programs promoting unity and school spirit.

The many benefits of the new field include protecting the safety of the young athletes, improved playability in inclement weather and annual savings on field maintenance. The walking track is also an added bonus for residents to enjoy.

For more information on this or any recreation-sponsored event, please call 973-284-4966, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A “Save the Post” fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday Sept. 22 at Nutley’s American Legion Post 70, 45 Franklin Ave. Tickets are priced at $45 per person and can be purchased at the door or by calling 973-562-6508.


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