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Save Monday, May 20, for Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation’s annual golf invitational. Held at the prestigious Montclair Golf Club, this event includes the opportunity to play on the course’s beautiful greens, brunch, cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds from the Golf Invitational benefit the programs and services of Clara Maass Medical Center. To register, or for more information, please visit or contact the foundation at 973-450-2277.


Bloomfield Public Library Book Club will meet on Monday, May 6, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “The Stone Diaries” by Carol Shields. “The Stone Diaries” tells the story of Daisy Goodwill Plett. Born in Canada in 1905, she lived an apparently ordinary life, until she died, nearly a century later, in a Florida nursing home. Carol Shields’ deceptively simple book won the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 1993, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1995. It was also short-listed for the 1993 Man Booker Prize.


On Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m., Harrison Public Schools will be offering an entertaining and informative presentation for all parents in the auditorium of Harrison High School. “In Real Life,” a dramatic play on the topic Internet bullying, will be performed by the George Street Playhouse Educational Touring Theater. “In Real life” explores the experiences of four friends as they encounter threatening text messages, exploited secret photos and anonymous online rumors, as the impact of cyber-bullying goes viral. A post-play discussion will provide practical strategies for parents to help their students make positive choices. Refreshments will be served, following the performance. For more information, please contact Joan Mc- Nichol, district anti-bullying coordinator, at 973-482-5050 ext. 1519.


The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2214 will sponsor a benefit concert for Richie Wray, who is suffering from spinal stenonis, on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Three local bands will perform. A $10 donation is requested and will be collected at the door. Appetizers will be served.

A surprise presentation by several members of the Evening Membership Department of the Woman’s Club of Arlington will be on the agenda at their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Center, Columbia Avenue, Kearny.

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, is sponsoring a fish and chip dinner on Saturday, April 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 201-991-3513. The cost is $15 per adult, $8 children under 10.

The library will present a special free program on the Jersey Devil on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., featuring a lecture by Brian Regal, PhD. and assistant professor of the History of Science at Kean University.

He has given lectures and presented papers at Columbia University, Princeton and the University of Oxford in England. More recently, his work has centered on cryptozoology and the study of monsters. His newest book is called “Searching for Sasquatch,” and he has published several articles on a range of interesting subjects, including sea serpents, werewolves and Bigfoot.

Everyone is welcome. Snacks and beverages will be served. For more information on this or other programs, please call 201-998-2666 or visit

The Kearny Police Department will be participating in the DEA Operation Take Back 2013 on April 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave.

Residents are encouraged to turn in unwanted, unused or expired medications, over the counter or prescription. This is an anonymous no questions asked program.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring a 50-50 raffle as a fundraiser for its scholarship fund and other charities. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The raffle will be drawn at 8:30 p.m. at the chapter’s May 2 meeting at Siena Ristorante (Kearny & Quincy Avenues). Tickets may be obtained from any Kearny UNICO member or by contacting Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201- 368-2409.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring a “Flapjack Fundraiser” at Kearny Applebee’s on Saturday, May 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 each and include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee or tea. Tickets may be purchased from any Kearny UNICO member or by contacting Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

The Presbyterian Boys- Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold a Tricky Tray on Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Admission is $15. Please purchase tickets in advance.

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are available by calling Vanessa Vieira, 201- 334-8336 or email v_vieira28@

Thistle FC United U 15 girls will hold open tryouts for the 2013-2014 season on May 6 and 13, at 8 p.m., at Harvey Field, 280 Schuyler Ave., Kearny.

The team will be training in the fall and compete in high level tournaments. During the winter, the team will train and compete indoors and in the spring will play in an elite league and participate in high-level tournaments.

Players must be born on or after August 1, 1998.

For more information contact Coach Pepe Rodriguez at

St. Cecilia’s Church will have a wine and cheese Tricky Tray on Friday, April 19. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and calling starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Parish Center, 118 Chestnut St., Kearny. Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds will benefit Youth Essay Contest awards, Youth Group Program and Religious Education Bldg.

For more information call 201-991-1116.

The West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) will hold auditions for the hit musical “Godspell” on Sunday and Monday, April 28 and 29, starting at 7 p.m. at the W.H.A.T. Theater 131 Midland Ave., Kearny.

Performances will take place on June 14 and 15.

All actors will be required to perform a one-minute monologue and 32 bars of music from a modern Broadway-style show [no sides will be provided]. You may choose to sing from the show. Bring music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.

The director is looking for all ages and races (18+) to create an extremely diverse cast.

W.H.A.T. will be producing the recent 2012 Broadway revival.

The First Hispanic Baptist Church of Kearny and the Alliance for Hispanic Families Success, are inviting the community to attend its first workshop for parenting held at 650 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on April 20 at 7 p.m.

Topics to be discussed will be: How to influence our kids’ behavior, How to successfully communicate with our kids in their language, How to inspire and help our kids to achieve their dreams

Free refreshments and child care will be provided.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington is hosting its 8th “Scrap for a Cause” on Sunday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny.

Tickets are $30 (only $20 for JWCA members) and include a full food and beverage service of breakfast, lunch, and snacks – served by the Arlington Juniors. A variety of vendors will offer the latest scrapbook products and other items. All registered guests will be entered into drawings for door prizes. Crafters are encouraged to bring their gently used or unwanted crafting materials for a “Spring Cleaning” swap.

A portion of the proceeds from the fundraising event will be donated to benefit the NJSFWC-JM State Project – The Seeing Eye, Inc. To participate and support this cause, contact Christine Jablonski at JsNest@comcast. net or 201-618-0538.


Mary Lou Mullins monthly bus trip to Atlantic City will be held on Sunday, April 28, to Resorts. Cost is $25. Refreshments served coming and going with Bingo on the bus. Please make reservations early. Only 10 seats left. Call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186.

A flea market and swap meet will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 10 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst. Collectibles, military, household and tropical fish related items .

NJAS tropical fish auction will be held on Sunday, April 28, at the Quality Inn, Lyndhurst. The auction will include tropical fish, plants and related items and $5 bidder cards. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Auction starts at noon.

Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, will have Karaoke on Friday, April 19, starting at 8 p.m. The VFW hall is also available for rental for all occasions. For more information, call the Post at 201-939- 3080.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., will host a stroke, aneurysm, osteoporosis and vascular disease screening provided by Life Line Screening on Wednesday, May 8. The price varies with each screening. Pre-registration is required. Appointments can be made with Life Line at 1-800-324- 1851 or receive a special $10 discount off your package by signing up at www.lifelinescreening. com/communitypartners.

Park historian Vincent Gargiulo will recall the history of Palisades Amusement Park on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Historical Society’s next meeting at the American Legion Post 139, on the corner of Webster and Park Avenues in Lyndhurst. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Pythagoras, Kepler, Math and Music” will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. (both dates) for ages 9 to 18.

Participants will convert measurements to musical intervals and create and upload sounds on the computer using the Sound Cloud. The group will arrange the recorded sounds into an original composition. Admission is $5/person; $4/MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

Birding for Beginners (Field Guides), a free two-hour class, will be held on Sunday, April 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, Lyndhurst, followed by a nature walk in the park. The event is run by the Bergen County Audubon Society and hosted by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/ BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or call 201-230-4983.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst is again open to the public on weekends from 8 a.m. to dusk.

The Meadowlands Environment Center (and its gift shop and restrooms) reopened as well.

The Transco Trail in De- Korte Park, from the NJMC administration building all the way to the western spur of the N.J. Turnpike, also reopened.

Note: Park visitors must not go beyond any orange fencing. Also, you must stay on the trail. The green mesh covering the berm next to the Transco Trail is protecting young plants, and it is very dangerous to walk on. See a park attendant if you have any questions.

The commission appreciates your patience while hurricane-related repairs are being made to other parts of the park and its trail system.

On Wednesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Family Science Night: Astronomical Wonders for ages 6-12 will be held at the Environment Center. Join the MEC staff for a program that is “out of this world.” Enter the Star Lab planetarium to view a program on the spring night sky and create star charts and luminaria to take home. Admission is $5/person; $4/ MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands. gov/ec

On Tuesday, April 23, starting at 2:30 p.m. a veteran’s ward party will be held at Chestnut Hill Extended care facility, Passaic. Games of chance will be held so that veterans can win some money to buy personal items and treats. When anyone is in this type of facility most personable items expenses are out of their pocket. For more information please, call John Deveney, rehabilitation chairman 201-438-2255

The Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., Lyndhurst, will sponsor a trip to Nashville, (seven days, six nights; six breakfasts and four dinners). The bus will leave on July 28 at 8 a.m. and return Aug. 3.

Cost is $625 with a $75 deposit at signing; final payment is due May 21. For more information, call Alice at 201- 935-3830.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is sponsoring a trip to Mt. Airy Casino and shopping at the Commons on Monday, June 3. The bus will leave the New Jersey Transit Lot at 8:30 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. Cost of the trip is $30. Anyone interested call Janet Ritigliano at 201-935-1208.

North Arlington

In an effort to help those in our community, Dr. Ekstein will be participating in 1st Annual Free Dentistry Saturday with the donated time of Dr. Ekstein, Mellissa Porcile, Liz Gutierrez, Sharon Long, and staff.

Free of charge- teeth cleaning, fillings, extractions and any other dental work will be provided which can be performed in one visit. The only requirement that you are unemployed or you are the spouse or child of an unemployed man or woman.

You must call 201-991-1228 and press 2 for Stephanie, to reserve your appointment time. Appointments will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for April 27.

The North Arlington Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will hold a free Lunch and Learn program, “A Better Vision for Tomorrow”, on Thursday, May 2, at noon, at the Senior Center, rear of the Health Department building, at 10 Beaver Ave., North Arlington.

Learn how to prevent loss of vision and keep your eyes healthy with the proper recommended screenings and check-ups.

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

The Friends of North Arlington Public Library will meet at the library, 210 Ridge Rd. on Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m.

Registration for North Arlington’s summer recreation program for borough children is currently open to May 24. Registration will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Youth Center, 1 Legion Pl. (behind Borough Hall, next to the firehouse). Space in the program is limited.

The recreation program runs from June 24 to August 16 for children ages 4 to 10.

For more information, call 201-997- 7709.

As part of the annual Girl Scout Ambassador Community Service Project, gently used donations for Bergen County Children Services community group homes for youth in foster care will be collected on Sunday, April 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Queen of Peace Rectory garage, North Arlington. These children have suffered abuse among other trauma and receive intensive treatment services at these centers.

Your generosity would be greatly appreciated as the children entering the homes have very little if nothing of their own belongings.

Games and toys, gift cards to be used towards birthday gifts, bikes, helmets, roller skates, board games, Barbie Dolls and dress up attire (“only new clothing permitted”), jump ropes, Hoola Hoops, Wiffle bat and ball arts and crafts projects (Michaels / AC Moore), Coloring books/crayons/ markers /glue and backpacks, duffle bags, small luggage for transporting their personal items.

Household Items – White Sheets (twin) Bedroom Curtains (pink, purple, green, red), Removable character stickers, colorful pictures and Bedroom Wall Decorations (wall letters to spell names).

Queen of Peace High School’s spring musical, “A Chorus Line will be performed the weekends of April 19 and 20 and April 26 and 27 at the Sonny Conners Gymnasium of Queen of Peace High School, 191 Rutherford Pl., North Arlington, Curtain time is 8 p.m. for each performance and admission is $10 per ticket.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Special Events Coordinator Cheryl Riley at 201-998-8227, ext. 39 or may be purchased at the box office.


The Friends of Nutley Public Library are sponsoring a book sale on Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Stock up on hardcover books, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs. The library is accepting donations for the sale on Monday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 24. Proceeds of this book sale will benefit the Friends of the Nutley Library who are raising funds to help support the Nutley Public Library’s programs and collections.

For more information, please call 973-667-0405 or email at

Nutley Wellness Challenge invites you to “No Snooze, You Loose,” a free lecture on obesity and sleep apnea at the Department of Public Affairs and Health, 149 Chestnut St.

The lecture will be resented by Dr. Alan Klukowicz, Hackensack UMC Mountainside on Monday, April 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Nutley Departments of Public Affairs and Health will dedicate the Nutley Health Department Health Clinic in honor of Nurse Angelica (Vitillo) Costa, a Nutley resident who served as the deputy director, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, from 1966 to 1970.

Costa served in the military during the end of WWII through the Vietnam War. She is a 2007 Nutley Hall of Fame recipient. Nurse Costa passed away on August 12, 2002.

The dedication ceremony was scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, but due to bad weather, the ceremony was rescheduled for Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m. at the Department of Public Affairs. Nurse Costa’s family will be in attendance. The public is invited.

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