Around Town


Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., sponsors the following programs:

• Holiday Decorating Bonanza is slated for Saturday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Help the library decorate the children’s room for the holiday season. Treats will be available.

• Saturday Storytime and Craft will be held on Dec. 14 at 11 a.m.


Brookdale Reformed Church, 16 Belleville Ave., holds an Advent candlelight prayer service on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. For more information, call the church at 973-338-7676 and ask about the Advent Prayer Service.


Harrison Downtown Community Development Partnership hosts a holiday fundraiser for families in need on Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Spanish Pavillion, 31 Harrison Ave. Breakfast and lunch will be sponsored by the Spanish Pavillion. For more information, call Maria Vila at 201-988-7108 or Monica Miguens 201-719-6567.


Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts a free rock show on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. on the lower level of the library. Local bands, including Fiscal Cliff and Not Stalin, will perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 201-998-2666 or visit

A fundraising bus trip for Kearny High School’s Project Graduation to the Sands Casino and Outlet Mall in Bethlehem, Pa., is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bus leaves from Kearny Federal Savings Bank, 614 Kearny Ave. Cost is $30 (receive $20 in slot dollars and $5 food voucher). For tickets or more information, contact Judy at 201-991-5812 or e-mail her at or call Sandy at 551-265-8969.

Mary’s Theater Parties and Tours, Kearny, presents Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” on March 19 at 8 p.m. Price is $157 per person with a deposit of $100 per person with reservation. Balance is due Feb. 15. Price includes: orchestra seat and dinner at 5 p.m. at San Carlo Restaurant, Lyndhurst, transportation, tax and tip. Early reservations are recommended. Seats are limited. Call 201-998-1030.


Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, has only 10 flu vaccines remaining for the 2013-2014 flu season. These vaccines are only for Lyndhurst residents age 18 and older. The remaining vaccines will be distributed by appointment only on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to schedule an appointment with one of the registered nurses.

The Health Dept. hosts a blood screening on Friday, Dec. 6, at the recreation room at 601 Riverside Ave. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. The screening includes a chemistry profile, cholesterol level, blood count, and thyroid level. This service is available to Lyndhurst residents ages 18 and older for a $20 fee. Pre-registration is required. Call 201-804-2500. Payments can be submitted in cash or checks payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics.

The Health Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys on behalf of Sebastian Saraiva’s third annual toy drive for families and children spending Christmas in the hospital. Donations can be dropped off at the Health Department on Dec. 6. Donations will go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Newark Beth Israel. Any donations collected after Dec. 6 will benefit children and families of the Lyndhurst Food Pantry.

If you’ve tried to quit smoking or are thinking about it, join Roland Romano, LPC, CTTS, RRT from the St. Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute to get advice on how to stay smoke-free, at the Health Department on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m.

Call the Health Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat. Coffee will be served.

Lyndhurst Public Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

• Santa Visit: Children can take a picture with Santa on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Registration is required.

• Holiday Stocking Craft for children in grades 1 to 4 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.

• Fit4Kids Magic Show: Muscle Man Mike presents a magic/puppet show for children ages 3 to 10, on Monday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required.

To register, call the library at 201- 804-2478.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is collecting nonperishable food items, plus turkeys, hams and lasagne, along with gift cards for ShopRite or Stop & Shop, as part of a food drive for the local Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave. Monetary donations, payable to the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst, can be sent c/o Diane Cichino, 481 Roosevelt Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071.

The club will also sponsor a pizza contest on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Many local pizzerias are donating pizzas to be judged. Cost is $5 per person. The winning pizzeria will receive a banner to display in their front window. Money raised for this event will benefit the club’s charitable projects. For tickets, call Janet Ricigliano at 201-935-3796.

For more information on membership in the Woman’s Club, contact Marilyn Falcone at 201-933-6459.

New Jersey Meadowlands Commission offers the following programs:

• Free “Green Friday” guided nature walk, featuring a stroll along DeKorte Park’s Shore Walk and through the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve, starts at noon on Nov. 29, inside the Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, ending at 1:45 p.m. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, contact Jim Wright at jim.wright@ or 201- 460-2002, or go the NJMC nature blog, Bad weather cancels.

• First-Sunday-of-the- Month Nature Walk will be held Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. This free two-hour program features a short talk and slide show on the raptors and winter waterfowl, followed by a walk along Disposal Road. The group will meet just inside the Environment Center. Check for last minute updates and weather advisories. You will have to sign a standard liability release. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201- 230-4983.

• A Child’s Guide to the Universe, for ages 5 to 8, is slated for Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the William D. McDowell Observatory at the Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park. Children will be introduced to the observatory and learn how its telescope works and how to use it. Adults must accompany children. Participants must be able to climb 25 stairs to the observatory. Admission: $5/person; $4 /MEC members. Pre-registration is required. To register go to For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

North Arlington

American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Rd., meets on Dec. 2 a t 8 p.m. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington will sponsor an overnight trip to Pennsylvania to see the Christmas show “Sight and Sound,” along with the National Christmas Museum, Koziars Christmas Village and Country Kettle Village, Dec. 5-6. For information, call Anna at 201-939-2960. North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., hosts a holiday party on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 10 a.m., with bingo, lunch at noon, gift raffle at 1 p.m. and dancing from 2 to 3:30 p.m. For information and reservation, call 201-998-5636.


The annual Holiday Treasure Chest Adopt A Family Program that provides gifts to Nutley families in need continues this month. Individuals, civic organizations and clubs are encouraged to get involved by adopting a family. Local businesses have adopted families in lieu of purchasing individual staff gifts. Gift cards from local stores will also be accepted. Residents interested in adopting a family or making a contribution are asked to call Annmarie Nicolette at 973-284-4975.

A “Santa Express Mailbox” will be placed at the Nutley Oval entrance on Chestnut St., starting Friday, Nov. 29, in conjunction with Santa’s arrival in the Oval, sponsored by the Nutley Chamber of Commerce. The last day of collection is Wednesday, Dec. 18, allowing Santa enough time to respond to each letter. Remember to have children include their age and return address on each letter. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 973-284- 4976.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 120 Prospect St., will sponsor a holiday boutique and bake sale with Tricky Tray on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, will hold a National Night of Prayer for Life on Sun., Dec. 8, following the 5:30 p.m. Mass until 10 p.m. with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. There will be quiet time and prayers recited as follows: 6:45 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7 p.m., Joyful Mysteries, 8 p.m., Sorrowful, 9 p.m., Glorious. For more information, contact the rectory at 201-997-0700.

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