Around Town


The MetroEast Region of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) will hold its 8th annual Spring Diversity luncheon on Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Nanina’s in the Park, 540 Mill St., Belleville. The annual event’s ongoing theme is “Embracing Diversity and Empowering Women.”

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Reserve Col. (Ret.) Janice Karpinski, author of “One Woman’s Army,” which explores some of the practices, policies, and ways of thinking that foster a diverse workplace.

The program will also include a point/counterpoint session focusing on women’s behavior in today’s workplace from both male and female perspectives and a mini business expo, lunch, empowerment bag drawing, and door prizes.

The registration fee is $55 for NJAWBO members and $65 for non-members who register in advance or $75 at the door. Register online at region2/Diversity2013.html For more information, call Sonia Arroyo at 201-681-6032.

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.


The Bloomfield Recycling Committee and the Department of Public Works and Park Maintenance will host the first annual community shredding event on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the municipal parking lot located next to the Post Office.

Residents can bring all their personal documents to be shredded and recycled at no cost. This event will last for four hours or until the truck is full to capacity.

The paper-shredding day is an opportunity for residents to reduce identity theft and to help support responsible paper recycling.

The Recycling Committee provide educational materials on recycling.

The next shredding event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19. For more information, call 973-680-4127.

East Newark

East Newark/Kearny Health Department will offer a free rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Wednesday, May 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the East Newark Fire House, Sherman Avenue, East Newark.

Dogs must be leashed, cats should be transported in a car carrier, and be handled by a responsible person.

For more information, call the Kearny Health Department at 201-997-0600 or by email: WPettigrew@


A parish-sponsored bus ride to Atlantic City will be held on May 5 at 10 a.m. from Holy Cross Church, Harrison. For more information, call 973- 481-2434.

Holy Cross Church announces last call for an eightday cruise Thursday, 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.


Dr. Harry Harcsztark, of The Smile and Implant Center, 837 Kearny Ave., will host a Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) event – providing a free day of dental care to people in Kearny and surrounding communities on Friday, May 3.

For more information, please visit

Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will hold a flea market on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both new and used items as well as crafts will be available for sale. There will be a snack bar selling breakfast and lunch foods. Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894.

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 Aug. 1, 1998. For more information, contact Coach Pepe Rodriguez at

St. Stephen’s Seniors will meet on Tuesday, May 7 at 1 p.m.

The spring party will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at noon for paid up members.

Upcoming trips include A.C. on May 22, Sight and Sound -June 12, Jefferson House – July 1, and Hunterdon Hills -August 13.

For A. C. call Peg at 998- 9443, Joan at 998-3578 and condolences Vicki at 991-8345. For further club information call Tom at 998-8258.

St. Cecilia’s Church, 114 Chestnut St., Kearny, is having a flea market on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Furniture, small appliances, household items, toys, DVD’s and many more items will be on sale. For more information, call 201-991-1116. Vendors are welcome. All proceeds benefit St. Cecilia’s Parish. Donations are accepted.

The Kearny Rotary Club meets every Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the Kearny Rotary Club or to attend a meeting, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.

Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold its annual spring dance on Friday, May 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests are restricted to teenagers only. The dance will be supervised by Thomas Fraser, former Lincoln School guidance counselor and members of the Board of Directors.

Join the Senior Citizens of Kearny to meet new friends. Due are $5 per year. This entitles members to five free parties, including a fish and chips dinner. Meetings take place every Thursday at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny. Doors open at 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast and socializing. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by bingo at noon. Several speakers will be brought in during the year. For club information, call Carol 201-991-9369.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave., Kearny. New members encouraged to attend.

Kearny High School PTA will conduct a clothing drive on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Elm and King Sts. entrance. Items being collected include pocket books, shoes, belts, curtains, blankets, stuffed animals and any clothing.

The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Guests are 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 can’t afford it due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty. Just stop by or call for more information 201-896- 9300. 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.

The Lyndhurst Elks are running a bus trip to the Sands in Bethlehem, Pa., on May 19. Cost is $30 per person; participants get $20 back in slots and $5 for food. A 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.

The Food Pantry at the Lyndhurst Health Department hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Food Pantry is available to Lyndhurst residents who can show proof of hardship and proof of residence.

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 by signing up at community-partners.

Children in grades 1 to 4 can surprise Mom on Mother’s Day by creating a special craft just for her at Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., on Monday, May 6, at 3:30 to 4 p.m., for this craft.

Registration will be held May 1 to June 14 for the library’s summer reading program, open to grades pre-k to 6. This year’s theme is “Dig into Reading” and activities may include programs on dinosaurs or construction vehicles, animals that live underground or Ancient Egypt, caves, rocks, and more. For more information, call the library at 201-804-2478.

The Lyndhurst Library will host “Life at an Edwardian Manor-Inspired by Downton Abbey” presented by food historian Judith –Krall-Russo on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. The critically acclaimed TV Series, “Downton Abbey,” has renewed popular interest in the Edwardian era, when King Edward VII reigned in the United Kingdom.

Though you don’t have to be a “Downton Abbey” fan to enjoy this program, devoted fans may take more notice of certain details in the show after attending. Space is limited. Please call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or email to register.

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.

A Health, Safety, and Life Expo will begin at Town Hall Park, Delafield and Court Aves., at 11 a.m. with over 100 informational booths, health screenings and much more. The Police Department will present a SWAT team demonstration. There will also be 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 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 should call Janet Ritigliano at 201-935-1208.

The Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host “Tim Stewart’s Bees,” a program for all ages on Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tim Stewart started working with bees at age 11 – join him now at the grand old age of 18 and learn about these prolific pollinators and healthy honey makers. Tim founded Stewart’s Apiaries in Vineland, in 2006. He will bring bees – don’t worry, they won’t sting! – and demonstrate bee behavior. Admission is $5/person; $4/MEC members. For information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands. gov/ec.

The First-Sunday-of-the Month Walk with the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society will be held on May 5 at 10 a.m.

This free two-hour nature walk starts at the entrance to Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201-636-4022.

Drawing Flowers with a Splash (of Color), a program for adults, will be held at the Environment Center on Thursday, May 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. Adults of all experience levels will be introduced to drawing flowers, beginning with basic shapes. Bring your own flowers or study ours. The Environment Center will provide the basic art supplies for the session, or bring your own if you wish. Admission: $15/person; $10/MEC members. For information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.

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.

North Arlington

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

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., will have Storytime at 11 a.m. for ages 2 to 5 on Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, and 22. No Storytime will be held on May 29. Saturday Stories with Laurie, will be held May 4 and 18 at 11 a.m. for ages 3 to 6.

The library is hosting YA Movie Day on Friday May 3, at 3 p.m. for grades 6 and up. A Mother’s Day Craft will be held at the library on Monday May 7, at 6:30 p.m. for grades K-5 sponsored by the North Arlington Woman’s Club.

Fit 4 Kids will be held on May 9 at the library at 5:30 p.m. for ages 2 to 7.

Muscle Man Mike and Soccer Sue will host a program for children to learn the importance of health and fitness on their level.

If you crochet or knit and would enjoy gathering with a group of like-minded crafters, join a monthly Sit and Stitch at the library.

Due to increasing popularity there will be two meetings a month. The next gatherings are: Thursday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For additional information, send an email to:

Registration for the North Arlington’s summer recreation program has begun and will continue to 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 Aug. 16 for children ages 4 to 10. For more information about the program, call 201-997- 7709.

American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Rd., North Arlington, will meet on May 6 at 8 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend. For more information, call 201-214-8253.


The Nutley Golden Age Club announces its annual trip to Wildwood June 3 to 6. The trip includes four days, three nights lodging, three breakfasts, lunch, two fullcourse dinners, tour of the Renault Wintery, dolphin watch sightseeing cruise and more. Cost is $375 per person double occupancy, including 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.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces conversational ESL is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet at the library every week at 1 p.m. Share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Bring your own supplies.

Teen video game tournaments are held at the library every Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m.

The library will host Adult Scrabble Night on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded for 1st and 2nd place scores. No registration is required.

“Skyfall” will be shown as part of the library’s First Friday Films program on May 3 at 2p.m. A new film is shown the first Friday of each month. Please check the library’s event calendar for names of films.

The library’s Manga Anime Club meets on Fridays at 3 p.m. Saturday Story Time will be held at the library on May 4, 18, 25 at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Patrons are invited to play Bridge at the library on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. No registration required.

What does it take to raise a healthy teenager in today’s world? All parents are invited to come to an educational workshop and interactive discussion at John H. Walker Middle School, 325 Franklin Ave., Nutley, on May 2, at 7 p.m. Topics covered will include: bullying, substance abuse, mental health issues, peer and parental relationships, self-harm behaviors and more.

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