Around Town


Literacy Volunteers of America of Essex and Passaic counties, in partnership with the Bloomfield Public Library, is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages. A tutor-training workshop will be held at the Bloomfield Public Library on March 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendance at all six sessions is required. The library is located at 90 Broad St. Bloomfield.

For more information, contact: Literacy Volunteers of America, Bloomfield Public Library Office, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003, Attn: Kim Ventura, Workshop Coordinator; Email: lvaessex@ or call 973-566- 6200 ext. 217.

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.


Peruvian United Association USA is a non-profit organization that has been working since 2004 to promote culture, arts and food, and to enhance the quality of life of the Hispanic community in Harrison and East Newark through civic ceremonies, festivals, Children’s Fun Day, ESL classes, family crisis workshops, health fairs, care packets for our soldiers and a traditional Peruvian breakfast with Santa (Chocolatada). The Board of Directors Nelly Ratto (secretary), Carla Malatesta (treasurer), Gladys Ruiz (public relations) and Rosa Massoni (board member) extends an invitation to the community to join in their work and future projects. The office is open to the community on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 601 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North, Harrison, N.J. 07029 or contact us via email at asoc.perunidos.usa@


Mayor Alberto Santos invites local residents and business owners to an informational meeting with representatives from FEMA and National Flood Insurance along with Kearny Town Council members, the Town Engineer and the Town Administrator. This meeting is intended to review the new flood maps, flood zone designations and the effect these designations may have on property owners in the flood zones.

The meeting is scheduled for March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Kearny Town Hall.

Kearny High School PTA presents “A Night with Elvis” at the Irish American Club, Kearny, on April 20 at 7 p.m. Cost is $25. The event will include a small auction and light refreshments. For more information, call Michelle Olawski at 201-998-0238 or Denis Hasenfus at 201-997-3521.

Kearny UNICO will hold its monthly membership meeting on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the meeting and/or learning more about Kearny UNICO should contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409. New members are always welcome.


The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, has a supply of dog food both canned and dry available to anyone, who, due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty, cannot afford to feed his/her dog. Just stop by or call for more information 201-896-9300. Hours Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jim Wright, of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, will be the guest speaker at the Lyndhurst Garden Club meeting on Monday, Feb. 25. His latest book, “The Nature of the Meadowlands,” covers the region’s natural and unnatural history. Wright maintains the popular Meadowlands Nature Blog for the NJMC He is also the birding columnist for The Record, nature columnist for the South Bergenite and the author of three other coffee table books.

Meetings are held at the Lyndhurst Recreation building on Cleveland Avenue and begin a 7 p.m. Guests and prospective members are always welcome to attend. For more information, call Virginia Marass at 201-939-8782 or Mary Ann Caputo at 201-939-0033.

The Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host “Eggs-ellent!,” part of its Family Science Night series on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. This program is recommended for ages 6 to 12.

Eggs are a part of many spring traditions. Come and learn about these incredible, edible wonders. Who lays them? How big can they be? How long do they take to hatch? The program will include some fun egg games and crafts. Admission is $5/person; $4/MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-830 or

While programs are geared toward those ages 6-12, families are welcome to bring children of all ages.

A veteran’s ward party will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, starting at 2:30 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic. Games of chance will be played and refreshments will follow and veterans that are bed ridden or can’t attend will have treats distributed to them also. This party is in memory of Sabino Troncone and is sponsored by his son Vincent and his wife Vera Troncone and in memory of James Cantore from his wife Frances Cantore.The rehabilitation committee also visits veterans living in private boarding and nursing homes once a month in Kearny, Newark and Garfield.

Sacred Heart Home School Association, Lyndhurst, will hold its annual spring auction to benefit Sacred Heart School Margaret Engel Endowment Trust on Friday, March 15, at the school, 620 Valley Brook Ave. Tickets are $10 per person and non-refundable. Ticket includes one sheet for 1st level prizes, coffee, tea and dessert. For tickets, call Patty at 201-803-9580 or the school at 201-939-4277. Ticket deadline is March 8.

North Arlington

The North Arlington Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will host a free program, “Heart Healthy Tips for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke,” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., at the Senior Center, rear of the Health Department building, at 10 Beaver Ave., No. Arlington.

Join CMMC’s medical experts to learn how to better prevent their occurrences. Registered nurses will be on hand to administer free blood pressure screenings. A light dinner will be served. Wear red to show your support!

Open to surrounding communities. Registration is required. Please call the Health Department at 201-955-5695 for registration.

The Health Department, in conjunction with the St. Barnabas Health Care System, will present a free program, “Evidence-Based Tools to Quit Smoking,” on Thursday, March 14, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Senior Center, rear of the Health Department building, at 10 Beaver Ave.

Join Roland Romano, LPC, CTTS, RRT, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the St. Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute, to get advice on what really works. Romano is a licensed respiratory therapist and professional counselor certified in tobacco treatment. Over the last 12 years he has been treating tobacco dependency at SBMC and helping patients quit smoking successfully.

Seating is limited. Registration is requested. The program is open to surrounding communities. Call the Health Department at 201-955-5695 to register.

On Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. North Arlington Public Library will have a special performance and show for kids in pre k-3rd Grade. Currier’s Magical Mania will be at the library to celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, March 5, and another to the Sands for April 9. Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for information. Membership in the club is not necessary to attend.

The club has scheduled an overnight trip to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos on April 18 to 19. At Foxwoods, gamble, enjoy a dinner, which is included, and stay at the Two Trees Inn. On Friday, have breakfast (included in cost) before departing for Mohegan Sun. At Mohegan Sun you will receive $10 slot play. Cost of the trip $135. Call Anna 201-939-2960.

Senior Harmony’s trip to Cape Cod, a five-day on four-night trip is planned for Sept. 9 to 13. Bus transportation, four-nights lodging, four breakfasts and four dinners are included. Hyannis, the JFK Museum, JFK Memorial, the Village of Sandwich, Martha’s Vineyard and Provincetown are just a few of the areas to be visited.


Celebrate Women’s History Month with a book talk and signing by Dr. Margaret Brisco at Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. “The Way it Was: Memories of a Woman Doctor,” recounts her experiences working as one of the first women to be an intern and a resident at Newark’s Martland Medical Center during the turbulent 60’s. Dr. Brisco also worked as an obstetrician/ gynecologist in Nutley and at Clara Maas Hospital for many years. Her previous works include “Metamorphoses” and “Women in Transition,” both story collections. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Call the library at 973-667- 0405 for more information on this and other programs. The complete schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library website at

The Nutley Jaycees are seeking nominations for the 42nd annual Distinguished Service Awards program.

Five individuals who live or work in Nutley will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Nutley. The awards are presented for commitment and excellence in the areas of business, education, civic affairs, public health and safety and to one outstanding individual between the ages of 21 and 40. Deadline for nominations is March 11.

The awards will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, April 4, at the Valley Regency on Valley Road in Clifton. Reservations for the dinner can be purchased for $45 per person. For more information, contact Michael Paolino at 973-667-7315 or Dr. Steven Clarke at 973-235-1515.

Nomination forms are being sent to charitable organizations in township and are also available at the Municipal Building and library.

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