Around Town


The Belleville Veterans Day parade will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. All area civic organizations, dignitaries, Belleville/Nutley Police Departments, Belleville/Nutley Municipal Fire and Safety Organizations, Belleville/Nutley Public School principals and students, Essex County High School Bands and motorcycle clubs and classic/ antique car clubs are invited to attend and participate.

Organizations and participants will line up at 1:30 p.m. at Union Avenue and Mill Street. For more information, call Joe Fornarotto at 973-234- 0139 or Bill Steimel at 973-955- 7211.


The Bloomfield Public Library is partnering with the Blood Center of NJ to host a blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blood Center of NJ has established the Library “Save a Life” Recognition Award. For a library that sponsors a blood drive during the year, if the library has 30 or more donations, then the library will receive a $300 “Save a Life” Recognition award; if it has 40 or more donations, then the library will receive a $350 “Save a Life” Recognitionaward; if it has 50 or more donations, then the library will receive a $400 “Save a Life” Recognition award. For each additional 10 donations, the “Save a Life” Recognition Award will be increased by $50.

For more information on these events or upcoming programs please call 973- 566- 6200, ext. 502.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is offering a dinner and theatre trip package to see the new Broadway hit “Matilda,” based on Roald Dahl’s book on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Participants will enjoy a buffet brunch at the Oakeside Mansion starting at 11:30 a.m, before boarding a bus to New York City, directly to the theatre.

The cost of the trip is $142 per person and includes brunch, round-trip bus transportation, front mezzanine seats, and all taxes and tips.

Reservations are required and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place. There are no refunds on paid reservations. Please call the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center will host “Grape Adventures – A Wine-tasting Event” on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m.

Just in time for holiday entertaining, the evening will feature experts offering advice and answering questions about selecting wines and pairing them with your favorite foods. Guests will sample fine wines from around the world and enjoy tasty hors d’ouevres. The cost is $30 per person.

Reservations are required.Please call the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 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 201-246-7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email Together we will fight this disease.


Harrison Public Library is offering a baby and toddler music class for children up to 3-years-old and an accompanying parent. Come sing and play with your child in the library’s children’s room, located in the lower level of the library on Nov. 10 and 17 at 11 a.m. (30 to 45 minute class), with future dates to be announced. This program will be conducted by Lillian Bielinski, a local mom and a trained instructor. These classes are free of charge. Call the library for more information at 973-483-2366.

Harrison Cancer League is taking orders for its annual Thanksgiving pie sale. All orders must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 14. The sale features fresh-baked pies by Harvest House Brick Oven Bakery, with your choice of apple, cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue, three berry, peach, key lime, pumpkin and coconut custard. Each 10-inch deep-dish pie is $12. For more information, contact Maria Bradley at 973-485-5143 or 862- 763-0047. Pies will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Harrison Senior Center, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Harrison Cancer League is conducting a toy drive for the Valerie Fund, which works with children and young people, infants to age 21, who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment. Put a smile on the face of just one child by donating an unwrapped new gift for gift card. Gifts can be dropped off at the following locations, starting Nov. 1-30, Monday through Friday: Harrison Community Center, 401 Warren St., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Harrison Board of Health, 318 Harrison Ave. Annex, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Harrison Senior Center, 221 Harrison Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


First Baptist Church of Arlington, 650 Kearny Ave., Kearny presents Family Comedy Night, featuring the DVD of Christian comedian John Gray, on Friday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny will have its annual Halloween dance on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. Prizes will be given to the best dancers. Guests are restricted to teenagers only. The dance will be supervised by members of the Board of Directors.

The Kearny American Legion Auxiliary welcomes all to the first annual pre- Election Day Pig Roast on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Post 99, 314 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The event will include live music, 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. For tickets, call 201-955-2157. All proceeds benefit the Kearny American Legion Auxiliary and help support the new Kearny VOICE Initiative (Veterans Outreach Information Community Education).

Calvary United Methodist Church, 342 Elm St., Kearny, is having a rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Kearny Museum, 318 Kearny Ave., will host a performance by local entertainer and singer Karen Luschar on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.

The Kearny Museum has newly updated displays and exhibits featuring new historic pictures of the Kearny Schools; an updated exhibit of Kearny Mayors; and a beautiful model of the USS Fletcher, which had its keel laid in Kearny’s own Federal Shipyards. Light refreshments will also be served.

This program will be free of charge and open to anyone interested. For more information, contact the library at 201- 998-2666 or visit our website at


The Lyndhurst Public Library is once again collecting winter/fall coats, clothing, and shoes for people in need. All sizes from adult to infant. Please, no summer clothing/coats/shoes, bedding or linens. The drop off box will be located inside of the main entrance of the library until Oct. 31. For more information, please call the Lyndhurst Library at 201-804- 2478, ext. 7.

A Big Swap Bonanza, Flea Market and Collectible Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., outdoors, at the N.J. Transit lot, New York Avenue (off Ridge Road). This event is sponsored by the Lyndhurst High School Giving Tree Project and Lyndhurst United Methodist Church.

Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., will host Karaoke on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The VFW hall is also available for rentals for all occasions. For more information, call 201-939-3080.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst will host a Karaoke night at the Lyndhurst Senior building on Cleveland Avenue. Admission is $25 and includes entertainment and refreshments.

The Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host “Family Science Night: Astounding Adaptations” for families of children and young adults with special learning needs on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Participants will investigate movement, protection and feeding simulations that include live animal interaction, tool manipulation and cooperative work. This program is an extension of the center’s MarshAccess program for students with disabilities. Admission is $5; $4 for MEC members. While the program is geared toward those ages 6-12, families are welcome to bring children of all ages. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.

“Fur, Fins and Feathers: Watercolor pencils for Kids,” will be presented at the Meadowlands Environment Center on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. This program recommended for ages 8 to 12, accompanied by an adult. Children will study live and preserved animals and use watercolor pencils to draw and paint their amazing shapes, colors and textures. Take-home art supplies (with an easy clean-up) are included. Admission is $10 per child and $8 for MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

Advanced tickets are now on sale for the Lyndhurst Elks’ “Rat Pack” night, featuring Frank, Dan, Sammy and Marilyn, on Saturday, Dec, 1, at the Elks home, 251 Park Ave. Tickets are $40 and include dinner, dessert, coffee and beverage, from 7 to 11 p.m. For tickets, call Liz at 201-955-1177 or Julie at 201-424-2659. The Elks is also asking if anyone could please bring a non perishable food item for the Lyndhurst Food pantry.

The Lyndhurst High School Class of 2013 and the LHS World Language Honor Society are sponsoring a Children’s Tricky Tray for children in grades Pre-K through 4. This event will be held at the Senior Citizen Building on Cleveland Ave. in Lyndhurst on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at noon. They will start calling numbers promptly at 1 p.m.

The cost of admission is $5. Children as well as their parents will require an admission ticket. This price will include a full sheet of tickets for the small prize category. There will be three categories of prizes and those tickets can be purchased upon arrival. Food and drinks will also be served. Therefore, outside food will not be allowed.

Please call Janet Ricigliano at 201-935-1208 for further information.

North Arlington

The North Arlington Woman’s Club third annual pasta dinner and raffle will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the North Arlington Senior Center (behind library and Borough Hall). Dinner price is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. Raffle tickets are sold separately. Proceeds will help support groups such as North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department, emergency squad, HANDS Inc., North Arlington High School and Queen of Peace graduation awards and many other local and state groups.

For tickets, call 201-997-8915 or 201-997-5041.

The Rosary Society of Queen of Peace Parish, 10 Franklin Place, in North Arlington is sponsoring a Tricky Tray and Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Landmark, 26 Route 17 South in East Rutherford.

Tickets are available by calling Santa Wolfee at 201- 998-0789 at a cost of $40 per person. Prizes include designer coach products, flat screen televisions, small kitchen appliances and more. All adults over 18 are welcome.


Nutley Parks and Recreation Department announces that CPR and AED training will be available. Two classes are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, in Room 201 in the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave.: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $65 per student. Class size is limited.

Registration is available online or at the Recreation Department. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 973-284-4966, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The League of Women Voters asked candidates for the Nutley Board of Education to provide a 125 word biography and answer the following two questions in 175 words: “What compelling issue(s) do you foresee in the near future and how would you handle them?” And: “Why did you decide to be a candidate for the Board of Education at this time?” Their responses are included in the Voters Guide, a voter education guide published by the League of Women Voters of the Nutley Area. The Voters Guide is available for review on the Internet at and at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive,. Publication of the Voters Guide is a free service of the LWVNA.

Nutley Department of Public Affairs is hosting a free “Morning at the Movies” for Nutley families and senior citizens.

“Yankee Doodle Dandy,” starring James Cagney, will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 9 a.m. the John H. Walker Middle School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. The movie will begin at 10 a.m.

In addition the VFW Women’s Auxiliary will be sponsoring a craft fair in the cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reservations are recommended: Call 973-284-4976 and ask for Meredith.

Online registration is open for pumpkin painting at Nutley Public library. The program is set for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. This program is limited to Nutley and BCCLS patrons due to high demand.

Registration is required online for the library’s Halloween P.J. Story Time to be held on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Wear your costume, go trick or treating at the service desks, hear some Halloween stories, make an awesome craft and decorate your own cupcakes. This event is limited to Nutley and BCCLS patrons due to high demand.

Nutley Library will host a Zombie Extravaganza: Halloween Zombie Night for Teens on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required but you must be in grades 7 to 12 to attend. Participate in the Zombie poetry contest, zombie Karaoke, zombie cupcakes, zombie make-up demos, best-dressed zombie contest, zombie games and a mummy contest.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, Rigid Plastic Recycling Day wiil be held at the Greenutley Farmers Market in Municipal Parking Lot #1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your rigid, bulky plastics such as garbage cans, laundry baskets, milk crates, plastic piping, cones, helmets, buckets, storage containers, pet carriers, plastic coolers, resin lawn furniture, oversized plastic toys and backyard play houses. This is a chance to dispose of such items in an environmentally responsible way.

Learn more about the writer ...