Around Town


Save Monday, May 20, for Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation’s annual golf invitational at the Montclair Golf Club. Proceeds from the links event benefit the programs and services of Clara Maass Medical Center. To register, or for more information, visit or contact the foundation at 973-450-2277.

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.


Holy Cross Church announces last call for an eight-day cruise, Aug. 22-29 from New York City and an Atlantic City bus trip to Taj Mahal on May 5.

Call Joan for more information at 973-481-2434.

Family Music Studio is offering Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes for ages up through 3. These fun and educational classes provide active exposure to music and lay the foundation for future instrumental study. Classes are Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa, 115 S. 3rd St., 4th floor, Harrison. The teacher, Lillian Bielinski, has an M.A. degree in music and teaching certification in the Suzuki Method. Contact Lillian at 913-645-9511 or e-mail her at lillianbielinski@gmail. com for more information.


Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will present an afterschool Story Time with Stuart Little, sponsored by the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company on Tuesday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the library’s Children’s Room. This program is free.

Stuart Little will be on hand for an afternoon of fun stories and surprises. It’s a preview of what’s ahead with a production of “Stuart Little” offered by the West Hudson Arts and Theater on the weekend of April 27–28 at the W.H.A.T. theater, 131 Midland Ave., Kearny. Free tickets will be available for children who attend this special Story Time event.

For more information on library programs, call the library at 201-998-2666 or visit For more information on upcoming W.H.A.T. performances, check out

Kearny Public Library will present a free program on the Jersey Devil on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., featuring a lecture by Brian Regal, assistant professor of the history of science at Kean University. Regal has lectured 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.

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

The Kearny Public Library’s Book Discussion Group will host a Gift-a-Book Event in honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday on Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the main floor of the Main Library. Come one, come all and choose from a vast selection of recent and past bestsellers in great condition. Any and all donations will be used to benefit the library’s Book Club fund.

The group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Main Library, will next meet on May 8 to discuss Erik Larson’s nonfiction book, “In the Garden of Beasts,” a vivid portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, as chronicled by American ambassador William Dodd. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library while supplies last.

Kearny Public Library will host a free film screening of “Gasland” about gas hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” on May 1 at 7 p.m. on the library’s lower level. Free organic popcorn and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Matt Smith at or call 201-321-1967.

The Kearny Police Department will be participating in the DEA Operation Take Back 2013 on April 27, 10 a.m. to 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 and Quincy Aves. 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 are available from any Kearny UNICO member.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring a fund-raising spring bus trip to the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, May 19. Cost is $30 per person with $25 in slot credit back from the casino. A bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings on Kearny Ave. in Kearny. For more information or tickets, contact Pandolfi.

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

Refreshments will be served. For tickets, call Vanessa Vieira at 201-334-8336 or email

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 train in the fall for competition in highlevel tournaments. During the winter, the team will train and compete indoors and in the spring will play in an elite league and participate in highlevel tournaments.

To be eligible, players must have been born on or after Aug. 1, 1998.

For more information contact Coach Pepe Rodriguez at

St. Stephen’s School of Religious Education, 131 Midland Ave., Kearny, is holding registration for next year’s CCD classes. Forms are available at the school’s office or at St. Stephen’s rectory, 141 Washington Ave. Call 201-991-3271 or 201- 998-3314 for more information.


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 will be available.

North Jersey Aquarium Society will hold a tropical fish auction 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. The auction starts at noon.

The Humane Society of Bergen County/Lost Pet, Inc., 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, will hold its annual meeting on April 30. The public is welcome. Officers will be elected. For more information, call 201-896-9300. The Humane Society has a supply of dog food both canned and dry available to anyone who cannot afford it due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty. Hours are: Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 $10 discount off your package by signing up at

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is sponsoring a trip to Mt. Airy Casino and shopping at the Commons on Monday, June 3. A bus will leave from 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.

The Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., Lyndhurst, will sponsor a trip to Nashville, Tenn. (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 Township of Lyndhurst will host Lyndhurst Day, on Saturday, May 11. Admission is free. Events start at 9 a.m. with a 7th and 8th grade track meet at Lyndhurst High School track, “Kids On The Move” event for younger children (bouncy house, face painting, etc.), Swim-a-Thon at the community pool benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a 5K Run/Fitness Walk benefiting Tomorrow’s Children Fund, beginning at Town Hall Park, followed by a Health, Safety, and Life Expo at Town Hall Park, Delafield and Court Aves., at 11 a.m. with over 100 informational booths, health screenings, a Police Department SWAT team demonstration, and appearances by Anthony Lagruth, maestro of the Garden State Philharmonic, and Kevin Rooney, winner of TV’s “Chopped.”

There will be giveaways, food and entertainment, including Soul Xpress and the Jersey Four (a tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons). For various registration forms and more information on all of these events, visit

The Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, will hold its annual free eye screening on Wednesday, May 15, at 1:30 pm. This exam, performed by Dr. John Favetta, will check for vision acuity, visual field, and glaucoma. On Friday, May 17, Clara Maass Medical Center will sponsor a free breakfast and lecture on eye care at 10 a.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Call 201-804- 2500 for an appointment.

The Lyndhurst Elks is running a bus trip to the Sands in Bethlehem, Pa., on May 19. Cost is $30 per person you get $20 back in slots and $5 for food. Bus will leave the Lyndhurst Elks, 247 Park Ave., at 9 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. For tickets, call Julie at 201-424-2659.

North Arlington

Dr. Richard Ekstein will donate free dental services on Saturday, April 27, with the help of Mellissa Porcile, Liz Gutierrez, Sharon Long, and staff. Free teeth cleaning, fillings, extractions and any other dental work which can be performed in one visit will be provided to those who are unemployed or who are the spouse or child of someone unemployed. Call 201-991-1228, ext. 2, for Stephanie, to reserve your appointment time. Appointments will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal Casino on Tuesday, May 7. Cost is $25. Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for more information or reservations.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, will host “How Mighty Adult of You for Listening to My Problems,” a teen poetry event on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature Kearny children and teen author/poet Laurie Perrone ( Teens are invited to come and recite. The event will also feature poetry of high school students from Kearny and North Arlington. There will be refreshments and prizes.

Registration for the North Arlington’s summer recreation program has begun and will continue through 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 through August 16 for children ages 4 to 10.

For questions about the program, please call 201-997-7709.


The Nutley Golden Age Club will sponsor its annual trip to Wildwood from June 3 to 6. The trip includes four days, three nights lodging, three breakfasts, lunch, two full-course dinners, tour of the Renault Wintery, dolphin watch sightseeing cruise and more. Cost is $375 per person double occupancy, which includes transportation, lodging, luggage handling, taxes and gratuities. Call Jo Ann Andriola at 973-418-5015 for reservations. Deposits will be accepted no later than May 20.

The Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee will host its fifth annual “Taste Of Italy” on Sunday, April 28, at the Nutley Parks and Recreation Building, 44 Park Ave. From 2 to 5 p.m. attendees will savor a wide assortment of dishes, desserts and coffee from more than 25 local Italian restaurants. Come enjoy the food, music, door prizes and support the area’s largest Columbus Day Parade. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 973-477-5072.

Join the Pen to Prose Writing Group at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, on May 20, at 6:30 p.m. as poet Maya Stein tells how she set out by bicycle from Amherst, Mass., and rode for 40 days and more than 1,200 miles to Milwaukee, Wis., toting a typewriter behind her, stopping in various communities and enlisting people in a collaborative writing experiment.

All writers are encouraged to bring their work to share with the group during the critique hour in which Stein will participate. Learn more about Stein at

Nutley Health Department, in partnership with Department of Parks and Public Property, will host a “Shed Pounds with Hounds” event on Sunday, April 28, in Kingsland Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Residents are invited to walk with their dogs in designated areas throughout the park, and visit a number of caninerelated displays, workshops, and veterinarians. There will also be a meet and greet with “Daniel the Wonder Beagle.”

The event will begin at the Rutgers St. and Passaic Ave. entrance. The ASPCA has designated April as “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Month.”

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