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All area residents and the public are invited to attend the annual Belleville Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 25, featuring three separate ceremonies:

  • At 10 a.m, at Rutgers St. Bridge, the township will offer a service honoring Merchant Marine and Navy members.
  • At 10:30 a.m., at Belleville Township Hall, it will pay tribute to fallen police officers, firefighters and first responders.
  • At 11 a.m., the day’s events conclude with a ceremony at the Belleville Veterans Monument, Tiona and Union Aves. For more information or to participate, contact Bill Steimel at 973-955-7211.

A presentation honoring the late Belleville resident, veterans advocate and World War II veteran Joseph Fornarotto will be held Thursday, May 21, at noon, at Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield.

East Newark 

East Newark/Kearny Health Department offers a free rabies clinic for dogs and cats Wednesday, May 20, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Sherman Ave. firehouse. Dogs must be leashed while cats should be transported in a carrier and be handled by a responsible person. For more information, call the Kearny Health Department at 201-997-0600, ext. 3505.

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets the last Friday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246-7750, Fatima at 973- 485-4236 or email emidura2@


Memorial Day will be observed on Sunday, May 24, beginning with a special veterans Mass at Holy Cross Church. Those attending the Mass are asked to assemble at American Legion Unit 282, 8 Patterson St., no later than 10 a.m. to take part in the annual procession to the church. Immediately following the Mass, the veterans, civic and citizens groups will gather in the park of the Harrison Public Library, where the town will hold its civic memorial services.

Washington Middle School PTO hosts a “Pot of Gold” Tricky Tray Thursday, June 4, at Harrison High School, 800 Hamilton Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Call 973-483- 2285, ext. 2027/2028.


Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., is conducting a canned food drive this month. Donations will be delivered to Elder John Macartney, who runs the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. Children may donate two canned foods as their admission to the club. The top three contributors will be taken to a New York Yankees game. The club is open 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Kearny Baseball Booster Club holds its third annual golf outing at the Farmstead Golf Course, Lafayette, Saturday, June 13, starting at 1 p.m. The event includes gifts, drawings and prizes. Bus transportation is available, leaving from Franklin Field at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $140 per golfer with bus transportation or $130 with no bus transportation. Contact Bob Caputo at for sign-up information.

A 200th birthday celebration for General Philip Kearny is set for Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m., at the Kearny Museum, located on the second floor of the library, 318 Kearny Ave. Historian William Styple will talk about the general’s life. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to the Main Library at 201-998-2666.


Mary Lou Mullins monthly bus trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City is set for Sunday, May 31. The cost is $30 with a cash return of $30. Make reservations early. Call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186.

The Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., hosts a bi-annual blood screening, for Lyndhurst residents ages 18 and older, Wednesday, June 3. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. There is a $26 fee. Payments are accepted in cash or checks, payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics. Call 201-804-2500 to register.

Knights of Columbus Lyndhurst Council 2396 holds a Communion breakfast Sunday, May 31, at 10 a.m., at the Senior Building on Cleveland Ave. Admission is $7. For tickets, call Steve Cortese at 201-657- 0800 or Nick Garafolo at 201-893-2849. No tickets will be sold at the door. Advance sales only.

Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., hosts a “coffee house night” Thursday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Sign up to perform on Facebook or at the door. Karaoke will also be available upon request. The $5 admission includes baked goods and coffee.

The N.J. Sports & Exposition Authority hosts a presentation by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation on ospreys Thursday, May 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ospreys – fish-hunting hawks – have made an amazing comeback in the Meadowlands and all of New Jersey after being almost eradicated by the misuse of the pesticide DDT. Note: No live animals will be at the program. Admission is $6; MEC members, $5. To register, go to and click on “Events.”

For more information, call 201-460-4619 or email brian.aberback@njmeadowlands. gov.

Lyndhurst American Legion Post 139 Rehabilitation Committee holds a ward party for veterans at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Social Concerns Committee of Sacred Heart Church, Lyndhurst. This group also collects items to be sent to members of the military in active service. Post members play games of chance with hospitalized veterans and distribute treats to them. Anyone interested in sponsoring a ward party is invited to call John Deveney at 201-438-2255.

North Arlington 

A special public Mass in observance of Memorial Day will be held Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road. The principal celebrant will be the Most Rev. John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. This Mass is part of a nationwide celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to our Heroes.” Mass will be held rain or shine – canopies and seating will be provided. For further information, call the cemetery office at 201-997- 1900.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces the following events:

For children:

  • Origami Club, open to grades 4 to 7, meets Friday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Comics Club, open to grades 6 and up, meets Wednesday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Artist in the Making, open to ages 4 to 13, is an opportunity for kids to create their own paintings on Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m.

For adults:

  • The documentary “Brooklyn Castle” will be shown Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m.

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Borough residents are invited to bring personal documents they want safely disposed of at a shredding day, sponsored by the Bergen County Utilities Authority, May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Borough Hall rear parking lot. Recycling containers for commingled pick-ups and 18-gallon containers for newspapers and junk mail will be available for purchase. Barrels are priced at $10 for barrels and newspaper containers cost $8. For more information, call Recycling Coordinator Mark Cunningham at 201-955-5665, ext. 14.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City Monday, June 15. The cost is $25 and the casino will give back $30 in slot play. Non-members may attend. Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for more information and reservations.

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a Memorial Day celebration on Friday, May 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Bingo will begin at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and entertainment will be provided from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998-5636.

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