Hackensack Comet Wrestlers Undefeated
BY mIchAeL cOhen Hackensack High School varsity wrestling coach John Stallone has watched his team take one simple mantra to heart this season: “One day at a time, one match at a time.” Such a philosophy is, as Stallone described, the method to his team’s success so far this season. The Comets currently hold an undefeated record and Hackensack is now ranked No. 1 in its division and sixth in the county by the Record.
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On Jan. 5, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino was sworn in for his second term in office at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. Pictured: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Saudino, his wife, Gina, his son, Michael Jr., and Michael’s wife, Amanda.
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Newly-appointed Rochelle Park Mayor Frank Valenzuela being sworn in by Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan as his wife, Davia, and children look on. BY pAuL hummeL Veteran Committeeman Frank Valenzuela was unanimously elected by his fellow members to once again lead Rochelle Park as its mayor during the body’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 5. Valenzuela previously served as mayor in 2009 and 2010 and has been on the committee since 2006 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan administered the oath of office to Valenzuela while Deputy Mayor Jayme Ouellette and Committeeman Jay Kovalcik were sworn in by Township Clerk Virginia De Maria. In his mayoral address, Valenzuela thanked Joseph Scarpa, the outgoing mayor, for a job well done and noted some of the township’s progress during the previous year. “We had some major accomplishments in 2013,” Valenzuela said as he thanked the school board and police department. “We had the wet down of our new ladder truck and the passage of the school bond referendum which enabled us to fix our infrastructure with a 40 percent contribution from the state.” He also noted the dedication of the 9-11 memorial which honors all the victims of the tragedy including the two residents of Rochelle Park who lost their lives. Construction of the memorial was possible thanks to the efforts of Township Administrator Robert Davidson and donations totaling $35,000, Valenzuela said. Valenzuela also made special mention of the town’s volunteers. “Without them we would not be able to provide the services that we have for the people of Rochelle Park.” As mayor, Valenzuela said he would be dedicating 2014 to the town’s volunteers and will be regularly recognizing organizations and individuals for outstanding service. The new mayor also wants to move forward in upgrading the section of the town near Lodi that has several vacant stores. “The rehabilitation area is one of our top priorities,” Valenzuela explained. “We hired a planner to help us engineer this plan to have a successful rehabilitation of this area. We do good work here in Rochelle Park and I’m going to continue that.” Also during the meeting, special plaques were presented to Firefighters Robert Holzmann and Michael Stearns for 25 years of service. The leaders of the volunteer fire department and ambulance corps were also sworn into office.
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Karlsson Named Hackensack City Clerk
Family and friends of Deborah Karlsson gathered at Hackensack City Hall to witness her being sworn in as the new city clerk during the public council meeting on Jan 7. As her sister and daughter looked on, Karlsson nervously recited her oath as her father stood by her side holding the Bible. Karlsson replaces Debra Heck, who, at the request of the council, resigned on Dec. 6, 2013. The council claimed that Heck failed to adequately perform her job duties, although she believes she was targeted for political reasons. Heck has filed a legal notice with the city indicating she may sue for alleged civil rights violations. Karlsson, a Hackensack resident, previously worked as a secretary for the police department and as deputy city clerk. “(I’m) excited. It’s good to be back. I feel like I’m home,” she said. Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino warned Karlsson that the council planned on keeping her very busy. “Hopefully it’ll be a pleasant experience for you. We look forward to lots of good things in the future for the city of Hackensack.” In the meanwhile, Karlsson’s predecessor is arming herself for a legal battle against the city that ousted her. Her legal case will include alleged defamatory statements and invasion of privacy based on 60 pages of e-mails her attorney and fiancé, Richard Salkin, obtained through a public records request. The e-mails, mostly from Councilwoman Rose Greenman to other city officials, discuss Heck’s job performance, political affiliations and personal life. “Apparently Debbie got engaged to Richard Salkin on Monday. She is showing everyone her ring,” Rose Greenman wrote in a Sept. 11 email to city spokesman Thom Ammirato and copied to the city’s director of economic development, An-
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Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse administering the oath of office to Deborah Karlsson as her father holds the Bible. thony Rottino. She accused Heck of “conducting an affair on the city’s dime” with Salkin, the board of education’s attorney and a political foe of Greenman. In another e-mail, Greenman targeted Heck and Stephen Lo Iacono — the former city manager. “Both of them are political operatives — it’s as plain as day,” Greenman wrote to Ammirato. “They are trying to destroy us from within. Don’t listen to their promises, just watch their actions. Like two coiled snakes. You may give them food and keep them warm. They will strike at you, nevertheless, given a chance.” In regular meeting business, the council introduced an ordinance establishing a five-year property tax abatement and exemption programs for developers and residents who build new construction in the city or make improvements to existing structures. Rottino noted that the tax abatement is moving forward after positive feedback from a town hall-style meeting held the previous night with property owners in the targeted areas. The council also approved a new labor contract with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1158. The city is also seeking designation as a Transit Village under the Transit Village Initiative Smart Growth revitalization and redevelopment program created by the state Department of Transportation.
At the beginning of each New Year comes the opportunity to improve and change. At The County Seat, 2014 will be a time of fresh starts. Although this print edition of the newspaper will be our last, our Web site, www.cntyseat. com, continues to offer loyal readers the latest local news and features. By liking our Facebook page, you will stay up to date on the latest happenings and jump in on the conversation.
Most exciting in 2014 is the expansion of The Spot, our glossy magazine. Due to the overwhelming positive response received following the publishing of our inaugural edition last fall, The Spot will now be printed on a quarterly basis. Look out for our upcoming Winter/Spring edition next month. The Spot will be delivered via direct mail right to the mailboxes of our residents and businesses in our full circulation area
throughout Bergen County. Copies will also be available at our advertisers’ locations, municipal government buildings, community centers, supporting hotels and libraries. To learn about advertising opportunities for The Spot, call 201-488-5795. We are looking forward keeping you informed, entertained and engaged in 2014 and beyond. Happy New Year!
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Residents of New Jersey can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. New members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. “These beautiful trees will give your home in New Jersey lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.” The free trees are part of the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12- inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. New Jersey residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.
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HACKENSACK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Hackensack, New Jersey Early Childhood Registration 2014-2015
Registration for Hackensack’s Preschool Program will begin on March 10, 2014 and continue through March 12, 2014, at the Early Childhood Developmental Center, 100 S. Main Street. Children must be four years of age by October 1, 2014 to participate in the half-day pre-kindergarten program. Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, March 10, 2014 at your local school. Children must be five years of age by October 1, 2014 to participate in the full-day kindergarten program. Hackensack Public Schools is committed Hours of registration: to providing an excellent, standards-based 8:00 AM-11:30 AM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM education for all children.
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Hackensack, New Jersey Inscripciónes para Primera Infancia/Pre-Kinder y Jardín de la infancia/Kinder 2014-2015
Inscripción para el programa de medio día Pre-Kinder se llevará a cabo desde el 10 de marzo de 2014 hasta el 12 de marzo de 2014 en el edificio para Primera Infancia Early Childhood Developmental Center, 100 S. Main Street. Reglas de Inscripción para Pre-Kinder: haber cumplido cuatro años de edad antes del 1 de octubre del 2014. Inscripción para el programa kinder comenzará el 10 de marzo de 2014 en su escuela elementaria local. Reglas de inscripción para kinder: haber cumplido cinco años de edad antes del 1 de octubre del 2014. Las Escuelas Públicas de Hackensack están Horário para inscripciónes: dedicadas a ofrecerles a todos sus estudiantes una 8:00 AM-11:30 AM y 1:00 PM-3:00 PM excelente educación basada en las normas estatales.
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Gym Dedicated to Beloved Coach
BY mIchAeL cOhen The plaque reads, “My way or the highway.” For those who knew Mel Henderson, played basketball for him or worked for him, those words defined the man they all grew to love and admire. Henderson was more than a coach who delivered victories on the basketball court for Hackensack as both as a player and coach. He was the definition of tough love, always ready to offer a life lesson and leadership to those whose lives he touched. Henderson passed away from a heart attack at age 74, deeply impacting the Hackensack Comet family. On Jan. 11, Hackensack High School officially dedicated the gym where Henderson clocked thousands of hours in his honor and named it the Mel Henderson Court. “It brings tears to my eyes,” said Henderson’s widow, Sylvia, who was joined at the pre-game ceremony by several relatives. “It means a lot to be back here with a lot of friends and acquaintances. I remember when these players were all young, struggling, trying to do well. Now they have careers and families. It is wonderful to see them.” Darrell Harris, Henderson’s former assistant coach, knew that the honor would have brought tears to his friend’s eyes. “I appreciate everything he’s done for me and my family,” Harris added. “Coach Henderson was one hell of a coach. He taught us a lot about the game. He also helped out the kids in the community regarding basketball.” Harris lived only four blocks from Henderson, and the two became close friends over the years. Harris was an assistant on Henderson’s staff for 13 years, helping him win 209 games and numerous Bergen County Jamborees.
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Coach Mel Henderson “My first encounter with him was at State Street School. He was my middle school coach. Coach taught us that education came first; basketball was secondary. When I went away to college and came back, I wanted to work with him.” Larry Beaman, who played for Henderson from 1963 through 1966 and coached with him from 1974 through 1980, shared many memories of mentor and friend. “His parents and my parents lived on the same block. So I knew him before he became an educator. From the time I met him, he was organized and held everyone accountable. I remember my first day in school in seventh grade. I knew him as Mel. I walked down the hall and I said, ‘Hi Mel,’ and he straightened me out right away. I never called him Mel again until I started coaching.” Years later, when Henderson had retired from his service to Hackensack and was living in Chesapeake, Va., he would speak with Beaman regularly about the good old days. “When we stopped coaching, the two of us became closer friends. Whenever he came to Hackensack, he came to my house and we would talk for hours. We were really close friends. This ceremony means a lot. There are a lot of his former players here. They all loved him.” Generations of players gathered at the gym to pay homage to Henderson. Players from his championships in the 1970’s and 80’s including Jon Gilmore, Talmadge Porter, Rod Merritt and Gordon Whiting were on hand. Even players such as Joe Roman from Henderson’s junior high days in the mid1960s were in attendance. “It’s not just what he taught us on the court, but off the court. He was my ultimate role model to see sports as a vehicle for success,” Merritt said. “He truly believed in me and pushed me. He would come out to my games and went to my college coach and asked about me.” Henderson’s teaching career and public service also came with great success. His resume includes a stint as assistant principal at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood in the 1990s and time served as a councilman and deputy mayor in Teaneck. Whiting, currently the assistant principal at Fairmount School in Hackensack followed a career very similar to Henderson’s. He played basketball for him from 1983 through 1986, serving as a team captain and
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Caseen Gaines, Christopher Ryan and Toney Jackson. In addition to grading papers and planning daily lessons, three Hackensack public school teachers are also spending their time writing and releasing books. Caseen Gaines, Toney Jackson and Christopher Ryan, who have appeared together at a number of literary events throughout New Jersey and New York – including last year’s Comic-Con – are now hosting a book talk at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Gaines teaches at Hackensack High School and directs the school’s theater productions. He is the award-winning author of pop culture histories on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and “A Christmas Story.” He is currently working on his third book, a “Back to the Future”-themed trilogy, which will be published by Penguin in 2015. Jackson is an awardwinning poet, songwriter, and author/illustrator of children’s literature. His most recent book, Who Wants to Be a Teacher?, is a series of reflections on teaching at Nellie K. Parker School in Hackensack and the current state of education in New Jersey and the nation. Ryan, also a teacher at Hackensack High School, has been named “Best New Voice in Fiction – 2013” by the Independent Book Publishers Association. He is an award-winning former journalist and has written comedy, songs and comic books. He is currently working on the sequel to his well-received City of Woe and its subsequent prequel, City of Sin. Ten percent of the proceeds from their book sales that afternoon will go to benefit fellow Hackensack High School teacher and alumna Ashley Paladino, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment.
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Mel Henderson Memorial Blasted as ‘Trivial’
BY juLIAnn westOn During the Hackensack Board of Education’s public meeting on Jan. 13, members of the Hackensack Alumni Association expressed their disgust over what they describe as the city’s “demeaning” tribute to late basketball coach Mel Henderson. Henderson was a threesport star in Hackensack. In 1975, he became the boys’ basketball coach, a post he held for 13 seasons, leading the Comets to three Bergen County Jamboree titles. He moved on to become principal at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood in the midst of a turbulent racial climate and later became the lone African American on the Teaneck Township Council at that time. He passed away in Virginia at age 74. On Jan. 11, the Hackensack High School gym was renamed “Mel Henderson Court” in his honor during a brief ceremony held during half time of the varsity basketball game. In an e-mail to Board President Veronica Bolcik McKenna, alum Walter Fields expressed deep disappointment and described the ceremony as “trivial.” “My initial recommendation was the placement of a banner in the main gymnasium and the naming of the basketball court after Coach Henderson with his name appropriately stenciled on the court. Instead, many of us were dumbfounded when the honor consisted of a small, barely noticeable plaque on the wall of the cavernous gym. To make matters worse, the half-time –‘ceremony’ consisted of an underwhelming recitation on the public address system of the coach’s biography that failed to mention his role as an educator in two communities and his civic service as a member of the Teaneck Township Council.” Family members, including Henderson’s Floridabased son, traveled from across the country for the tribute but Fields said they weren’t allowed to speak at the program. “I was shocked, saddened and insulted by the trivial honor bestowed upon the late varsity basketball coach and educator Mel Henderson,” wrote Fields “The manner in which Mel was ‘honored’ was dishonorable. It belittled the legacy of a historic figure who established a great legacy in the Hackensack public school system. By no measure did the recognition meet the expectations I had when I first suggested the district honor the first black varsity head coach at the high school.” Fields said Henderson’s ceremony was in stark contrast to the honor paid to former football coach and athletic director Tom Della Torre. “Not only was the athletic field complex renamed in his honor and his name emblazoned across the scoreboard, but there was a significant halftime ceremony at a football game that had been respectfully planned and duly publicized in advance of the event. Mel Henderson deserves to be treated in a similarly dignified manner,” wrote Fields. The alums said that the Henderson ceremony spoke volumes about the administration and its respect for African Americans. “The demeaning nature of Saturday’s event sadly speaks volumes to a larger sense of indifference on the part of the board toward those we cherish as our trailblazers that I think is being conveyed to the African-American community,” wrote Fields. “I am certain that if Mel Henderson were Caucasian he and his legacy would be given the respect that he deserves. And I invite a rebuttal of my opinion but not based upon reactionary rhetoric but a factual accounting of the effort that was put into Saturday’s event. Hackensack should and can do better. ” Board Trustee Jason Nunnermacker didn’t see a problem. “I thought it was a nice tribute. Many people spoke at the end of the basketball game and had very nice things to say about Coach Henderson.” Bolcik McKenna said that both she and Superintendent Karen Lewis would reach out to Fields to address his concerns. “He was a good guy and we wanted him to get his just due,” said Mildred Dodson, another alum. Fields offered some suggestions to the board. “An appropriate ceremony needs to be rescheduled during a Mel Henderson Night in which a banner hung in the gym is unfurled and the court is renamed. The event should be properly planned and publicized, and include a halftime ceremony with his family, fellow coaches, former players, friends and civic leaders. It should also take place during a game against Teaneck or Englewood, two communities that adored Mel and two towns in which his legacy is shared. There should also be a post-game reception. In other words, it should be executed in a professional manner that suggest the Hackensack public school system appreciates its own and has the class to appropriately honor those that have served the community.” In other meeting business, Lewis noted that several fire, bomb threat and locked down drills took place during the month of December. “The police department does participate in these drills and provide assistance to our principals and staff and it’s important to know what types of drills we are practicing and when they take place to make any corrections needed to keep our children safe,” Lewis said.
Haynes Street Garage Ablaze
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Hackensack Fire Department responded to 384 Haynes St. At 11:49 a.m. on Jan. 3, the Hackensack Fire Department responded to 384 Haynes St. on a telephone alarm reporting a fire. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found fire emanating from a garage. The fire was deemed under control within 15 minutes, and no injuries were reported to any firefighters or civilians. An investigation is ongoing.
For the sixth year in a row, the Skyline Theatre Company is offering a $1,000 cash scholarship to support Bergen County high school seniors who will be furthering their education by majoring in theater, television, film or
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communications. The Harry K. Berkheiser Jr. Scholarship, named for New Jersey educator and founding STC member Harry K. Berkheiser Jr., is awarded yearly to a Bergen County High School senior who has a true passion
for and demonstrated commitment to one of these art forms. Applications may be found at wwww.skylinetheatrecompany.org and must be returned to the Skyline Theatre Company via regular mail by March 15.
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An Evening of Music, Dinner and Dancing
presented by the Hackensack High School Band Parent Organization at the Fiesta, Route 17 South, Wood-Ridge Feb. 6 from 6 – 10 p.m. Entertainment provided by
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Annabella’s Game Day Rice (Foot)Balls
Celebrating a Decade of Mozzarella
BY jOY BeLgIOvIne From traditional specialties such as the decadent pasta carbonara and homemade mozzarella cheese to more unique items such as Italian egg roll, Annabella’s Salumeria E Groceria Italiana in East Rutherford is the place to go for a taste of Italy in Jersey. Every Tuesday since the eatery opened 10 years ago, the featured special has been the pork and mozzarella sandwich, which now boasts its own cult following. “We want to make our customers happy,” said William Pompeo, owner/general manager. “We’ve really gotten to know what they expect and want and we’ve tailored our menu to their preferences.” Annabella’s was recently honored in Bergen Health & Life magazine’s Best of Bergen Restaurants & Food Readers’ Choice Awards as the No. 1 spot for mozzarella and the No. 3 caterer in Bergen County. Pompeo said he always dreamed of starting his own business and fondly recalls cooking alongside of his grandmothers as a boy. “I absolutely love what I do. It’s truly been a labor of love,” he said. “Getting to interact with the customers and the South Bergen com-
In honor of the Super Bowl, William Pompeo of Annabella’s Salumeria E Groceria Italiana in East Rutherford has shared his special Game Day Rice (Foot)Ball recipe. Ingredients: 2 cups Arborio rice 4 cups cold water 2 packets of Sazón seasoning 1 cup tomato sauce 1/8 cup of cubed pepperoni 1/8 cup of cubed sopressatta 1/8 cup of cubed provolone 1/8 cup of cubed salami 1/8 cup of cubed ham 1/8 cup of cubed American cheese 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon pepper 4 eggs 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs Canola oil for frying Deep fryer
Directions: Bring four cups of water to boil and add the 2 packets of Sazón and 2 cups Arborio rice. Stir for 2 minutes, then shut off burner and cover pot with lid and let stand for about 20 minutes. While you are waiting for rice to absorb water, prepare all your cold cuts by cutting them into 1/8 in cubes. After all water is absorbed, gently fluff rice then add cold cuts, grated pecorino cheese, sauce and salt and pepper. Gently mix all ingredients then let cool in refrigerator for 20 minutes. After it has cooled, divide mixture in to 10 equal parts then form into footballs. Beat eggs and set breadcrumbs aside. Then take each rice football and dip into egg and then breadcrumbs. Deep fry rice footballs in fryer until golden brown then serve with marinara or Annabella sauce. Buon appetito!
munity is the best part of my job.” Pompeo is actively involved in the community, serving as founder and president of the East Rutherford Civic Pride Association and host of the Columbus Day Feast and Parade every October. Pompeo is also participating in the upcoming Meadowlands Tailgate Party 2014 in East Rutherford. Now that Annabella’s is
well established, Pompeo is beginning to focus a bit more on his outside talents and hobbies. His jazz band, William Pompeo and the Pros, performs at the Balcony in Carlstadt every Thursday night. Annabella’s is located at 246 Hackensack Street, East Rutherford. For more information, visit www.annabellasmozz.com or call 201804-0303.
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Black Dolls on Display
Now on display at Johnson Library of Hackensack is an extensive collection of black dolls owned by city resident Michelle Rice. She began collecting the dolls in 1991 when she saw a Parade magazine ad for a doll named Danielle from the Ashton-Drake company. There are now 245 dolls in Rice’s collection, which will be on display through the end of February.
So. Hackensack Welcomes Stefano
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Vincent Stefano is sworn in as the newest South Hackensack Township Committee member as his family looks on.
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Knights Collect Used Eyeglasses
Knights of Columbus Trinity Council 747 is collecting used eyeglasses at various churches in Hackensack. Reusable eyeglasses are donated to New Eyes for the Needy, an organization which distributes them to medical missionaries and international charitable groups. Pictured: Joseph Shuler, Chairman Vincent Napolitano, Ken Carlson and Frank Cavallo sorting through the donations.
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A major snow storm didn’t stop the South Hackensack Township Committee from welcoming a new member during its annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 2 at township hall. Joining the governing body is Vincent Stefano, who was sworn in to office with his family at his side. Committeeman Bill Regan was appointed mayor and Committeeman Walter Eckel became deputy mayor. The rest of the committee is comprised of Committeemen Gary Brugger and Frank Cagas. Regan will serve as police commissioner with Eckel as his deputy. Stefano will serve as fire commissioner; Cagas as Department of Public Works commissioner; Stefano as Building and Grounds
commissioner; Regan overseeing Finance and Utilities; and Regan and Eckel chairing the board of recreation. Brugger will serve as liaison to the board of education. The Senior Citizens’ Club liaison will be Eckel and Cagas will oversee the volunteer ambulance corps. Five new police officers were appointed: Eugenio Estevez, Sean Bannon, Steven McAllister, Stephen Knatz and Christopher Kosciolek. Armand Marini was named construction sub-code official. David Nasta of Upper Saddle River was appointed as township attorney. McNerney and Associates of Glen Rock was appointed as municipal appraiser. Boswell McClave Engineering of South
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Hackensack was appointed municipal engineer. Brigette Bogart of Midland Park was appointed township planner at $100 per hour. Brian Giblin of Oradell was appointed special litigation counsel at $100 per hour. Mary Terraccino was named deputy township clerk. The following municipal court appointments were approved: municipal judge, Giuseppe Randazzo; court administrator, Diane Brando; prosecutor, Elsbeth Crusius; alternate prosecutor, Kellie Reyes; and public defender, Denise Travers. Raymond DeRiso was named zoning enforcement officer. Seven crossing guards were appointed at an annual rate of $6,000. Alternate guards will be paid $13 hourly. Seven police dispatchers were hired part time and Michael Ward will work full time. Maria Regan was appointed as recreation director with Carol Perone as her assistant director. Joseph Marrella and Giorgio Sortino were named property maintenance officers. On the volunteer ambulance corps, Christopher Gnazzo was named chief; Michael Gnazzo, captain; Jaime Jannucci, first lieutenant; and Fred Hum, second lieutenant. On the fire department, the chief will be Leo Rossi; deputy chief, Jerry D’Armico; captain, Jim Riley; Kevin Kubat, first lieutenant; and second lieutenant, Danny Riley. Finally, retiring police chief Michael Frew was honored for his three decades of service to the township.
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Main Street Hackensack
Main Street’s Upward Trajectory Fresh Start to a New Year
It is with a renewed sense of optimism that I report to you the progress we have made this past year. Since our founding in 2004, we have worked diligently with the City of Hackensack’s administration to develop a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate Hackensack’s downtown. Those efforts culminated in the creation of a formal rehabilitation plan complete with substantial zoning changes for 160 acres of the core downtown area. These preliminary steps signaled to the development community that Hackensack was committed to substantial growth. Those years of foundational work are starting to yield results. With 230 new residential units under construction at State and Warren streets and another 360 units on the drawing board for Main Street, we are well on our way. As many of you are already aware, developers continue to explore opportunities with property owners and businesses alike. With retail remaining a key component to the rehabilitation effort, our member businesses stand to benefit considerably from increased consumer traffic on Main Street. Hackensack’s newly elected mayor and council have maintained the momentum, and are committed to ensuring that key infrastructure improvements are made, helping to solidify developer interest and ensuring that roads, sewers and parking will support and sustain the increased usage and density of a healthy business district. Their efforts will also help stabilize property taxes city-wide. In addition to ensuring Main Street’s future growth, we continue to support existing businesses with grants and promotional programing. We will continue to expand our media reach and tap into surrounding markets. Through regional advertising, Northern New Jersey is realizing that Main Street Hackensack is rebounding. The 20,000 people who attended our eighth annual Main Street Festival had a chance to see that first hand, with several news businesses opened. There are very few available retail spaces on Main Street as many entrepreneurs learning of Hackensack’s upward trajectory.
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Jerome Lombardo Please take note that the Upper Main Alliance Board meets the last Tuesday of every month except August and December and will conduct its annual meeting on Jan. 28. All meetings are at 3:30 p.m. at Johnson Public Library, 275 Main St., Hackensack. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Upper Main Alliance, I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year! Chairman Jerome Lombardo Upper Main Alliance
BY BArBArA j. gOOdIng The Scottish poem “Auld Lang Syne” written in 1788 by Robert Burns and set to music is traditionally used to celebrate the start of the New Year as the clock strikes midnight. The title can be translated in English as “long, long ago” or, more familiarly, as “for the sake of old times.” We sing along, perhaps thinking of the scene with James Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life” or we glance down at the dreaded list of resolutions we again placed on paper that seem to go from one year to another never to be accomplished or completed. The New Year, however, does give us a chance to be a bit introspective, accept the past course of our lives and almost breathe a sigh of relief we can welcome this New Year with new hopes, dreams, possibilities and opportunities. The pages of the calendar have rolled over and some may say it’s a chance to turn over a new leaf but the key is not to procrastinate but to get on with it.
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The one remembrance I have as a child celebrating New Year’s Eve was being able to stay up late to watch Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians performing at the Hotel Roosevelt in Manhattan on our black and white TV. I’d see all the men in tuxedoes and the ladies in long gowns, sometimes with tiaras on their heads, dancing to his music. Soon it would be midnight, confetti would fall from the ceiling and, of course, “Auld Lang Syne” would play. Perhaps this year making a fresh start will include a change of attitude, surrounding yourself with good people and remembering that people are like books and shouldn’t be judged by their covers. It’s also a time to begin to treat yourself well. It could be as simple as buying a warm pair of gloves or a suit or as modest as new pair of socks. I can remember around this time of year back in the 60’s anxiously waiting for the storefronts on Main Street to change from holiday decor to fashionable winter attire and later spring wear. I
attended State Street School and Hackensack High School. After school it was not unusual for some of us to hang out for a while on Main Street before heading to Riviera Pizza for a slice or perhaps Pfeiffer’s for a soda and fries. We’d peek into Arnold Constables, Roses, Willner’s, Famous Fain and the like. We’d marvel at the new fashions and envisioned ourselves wearing them. Getting a mohair sweater was a must for a girl’s wardrobe back then. So as we bring in this New Year, let’s remember the outcome all depends on what we bring into it. Let’s say cheers and make this year a chance to make things right for each and everyone of us who live in this great area. As individuals, once we realize we can’t go back to start a new beginning in our own lives, we sure can start seeing a new ending. The late Peter Allen would sing, “Everything old becomes new again,” and aren’t we fortunate for that. Barbara J. Gooding is a creative and historical writer who resides in Hackensack.
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Hackensack Rotary Grant Program
The Rotary Club of Hackensack provides small grants of up to $1,500 to a small number of city-based non-profit organizations and those which serve the Hackensack community. To be eligible, an organization must be incorporated or legislatively established in New Jersey. Organizations not based in Hackensack may apply for a grant if the project to be funded directly serves Hackensack residents. The purpose of the grant is to support a specific project not to fund the organization’s basic operating budget. Funding is limited to the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies and/ or services necessary to implement the proposed project. Funds may not be used to pay salaries but may be used to pay for contracted services. For applications, write to Rotary Club of Hackensack, P.O. Box 471, Hackensack, NJ, 07601; call Steve Koestner at 201-342 6264; or visit hackensackrotary.org. The application deadline is April 15.
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Top Maywood Decorators Crowned
Maywood Locomotive Model Available
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This Briarcliff Avenue home was the first place winner in the northwest section. On Dec. 27, judging took place for the 2013 Christmas Decorating Contest sponsored by the Maywood Rotary Club. Winners were selected in each of the borough’s four quadrants. In the southwest section: 54 W. Magnolia Ave., first place; 391 Maywood Ave., second; and 117 W. Magnolia Ave., honorable mention. In the northwest section: 738 Briarcliff Ave., first place; 581 Edel Ave., second; and 697 Briarcliff Ave., honorable mention. In the southeast section: 132 Stewart St., first place; 174 Clinton Place, second; and 392 Golf Ave., honorable mention. In the northeast section: 714 Elm St., first place; 692 Elm St., second; and 701 Elm St., honorable mention.
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H. O. Scale model now available at the Maywood Station. A finely-detailed, operating, H.O. Scale limited-run model of the 1942-built, New York, Susquehanna & Western Alco S-2 Locomotive 206 located at the Maywood Station Museum will soon be produced by the Atlas Model Railroad Company. The model will be available exclusively through the Maywood Station Museum and all proceeds will benefit the museum. Reservations will be accepted for the model (Item No. MSHC01), which will be available for $125. The model with sound (Item No. MSHC-02) is priced at $220. To reserve a model, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the quantity, model, name, address and telephone number. Expected delivery of the models is late spring.
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member of the decorated 1984 county championship squad. He has since become one of the most respected educators in the Hackensack school system. For that, he thanks Henderson. “The most important thing he instilled in us was work ethic. He taught you how to become a man,” Whiting said. “The basketball was the easy part. It was about life lessons learned. We conducted ourselves as professionals. We came to games in shirts and ties.” Henderson even proved to be adept at seeing future success in his students, even predicting Whiting’s own path. “One day he told me, ‘This program is going to
be yours,’ and I ended up being the head coach of the high school basketball team. I wanted my career to look like his. He hired me as head football coach and dean of students at Dwight Morrow High School. He trained me the
way I am right now. I feel a responsibility to do the same thing for the kids that follow me. From an emotional standpoint, it hits me deep,” Whiting said, thumping his chest. “I carry him with me every day.”
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Comets Suffer Crushing Defeat
Lady Comets On a Roll
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The Hackensack High School girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Paramus High School 51 to 44 during a home game on Jan. 9. On Jan. 16, the Lady Comets defeated Tenafly, 54 - 48.
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Despite the Comets’ efforts, Don Bosco won, 74-40. BY mIchAeL cOhen Facing a stiff challenge during an already tough season, the Hackensack High School Comets couldn’t muster enough firepower to take down eighth ranked, undefeated Don Bosco Prep during a boys’ varsity basketball game at home on Jan. 14. Final score: Don Bosco 74, Hackensack 40. Despite grabbing early leads of 2-0 and 4-3, the Comets watched the Ironmen put pedal to the metal on an 8-0 run in the first quarter to grab an 11-4 lead. Don Bosco went into fast-break mode after Hackensack’s Edward Emedoh connected on his second consecutive shot to give the Comets a 4-3 lead with 6:50 remaining in the opening period. Brandon Anderson got the scoring started for Bosco with a drive and dish to make it 5-4. Paul Jorgenson followed with a strip, steal and basket to push the lead to 7-4. Before Hackensack knew it, they were down 7 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the period as Jorgenson connected on another layup to make it 13-6. The Comets struggled to advance the ball, turning it over three times and missing five shots in the quarter. Bosco started to pull away in the second quarter when Anderson, Tom Sweeny and Amanie Craddock (a monster threepointer) all scored in succession to increase their lead to 26-7. Hackensack did have a nice run in them to try to pull closer. Phillip Hammond connected on a free throw and driving layup to cut the deficit to 19. Finally, Barry Palmore nailed a three-pointer before stealing the ensuing Bosco possession and passing it off to Hammond for the tray to make it 29-15. Yet, even Hackensack’s best efforts weren’t enough. Omar Mostafa hit a big three-point jumper to make it 32-15, and Jorgenson added another bucket to his big evening to push the lead to 34-15. Hammond led the Comets with 16 points, hitting seven of 11 shots, and one of three from the free throw line. Emedoh was second for the Comets in scoring with 11 points. The Comets shot only 39 percent from the floor, compared to the 72 percent shot by Don Bosco. The Ironmen were led by Jorgenson who dropped 14 points on the Comets. Four Ironmen players were in double figures, with Lonnie Rivera contributing 11 points, Craddock producing 12 points, and Mostafa producing 10 points. Hackensack (2-7) was scheduled to visit Tenafly on Jan. 16 and will return to Mel Henderson Court on Jan. 18 to square off against Saddle River Day. Don Bosco improved to 11-0.
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Freshman Girls Win Tournament Hackensack Comet Wrestlers Undefeated
Photo Courtesy: Hackensack High School Lady Comets Booster Club
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Hackensack High School freshman girls’ basketball team. Below: Soleil Martinez. The Hackensack High School freshman girls’ basketball team captured first place at a tournament held at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood over the holiday break. Soleil Martinez was named Most Valuable Player. The team was coached by Laura Durso and Michelle Hammond-Dudley.
Hackensack’s Von DeGuzman rides his opponent in the 106-pound bout.
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The Comets improved to 7-0 after an impressive 58-9 victory over Northern Valley Regional-Old Tappan on Jan. 15, winning 12 of the 14 matches against the Golden Knights. Hackensack racked up six pins to Old Tappan’s one. The other six wins for Hackensack all came down to points, and, for the most part, it wasn’t even close. From the start, Hackensack set the tone when John D’Elia pinned Old Tappan’s Gavin Connolly after 3:30 all while building an 11-2 lead on points. Teammate Christian “C.J.” Velasquez then pinned Anthony Aiello in a hard fought match at 5:16. Velasquez’s contest against Aiello was one that Stallone considered a turning point. “C.J. really set the tone, beating one of their top guys.
When that happened it really changed momentum to our side, and their guys were a little bit flat after that,” Stallone said. “When he sets the tone like that, we are hard to stop.” Velasquez had a 2-0 lead through the first period, but Aiello made a comeback, escaping from a hold and flipping Velasquez to the mat for a takedown to take a 3-2 lead. From there, both Aiello and Velasquez would trade points with neither wrestler gaining an advantage over the other for too long. Finally, with the score tied at 8, Velasquez went for Aiello’s legs and was able to pin him in a thrilling victory. One of the more physical fights of the night was the 220-pound battle between Hackensack’s Goran Krasic and Joseph Jordan. The match went into overtime, with Krasic pulling it out 7-6.
Hackensack won the next six matches, with pins going to Jose Chucaralao in 36 seconds in the 285-pound division; Anthony Romero, 120 pounds; Taylor Shay, 126 pounds; and Michael Foca, 132 pounds. In the 106-pound bout, Von DeGuzman dominated Robert Barzelatto, 20-3. DeGuzman had the speed of a cat on the mat and Barzelatto couldn’t keep up. Any time Brazzelatto tried to make a move offensively, DeGuzman quickly pounced. “Old Tappan is a very tough team,” Stallone said. “The score doesn’t reflect the type of match it was. It was very physical. We are going to look one day ahead to our next match and go from there.” One day at a time, one match at a time, a winning mantra for the boys from Hackensack. Up next, Ramapo High School on Jan. 17.
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Super Saturday at The Shops
The Shops at Riverside and the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to celebrate this years’ Big Game coming to New Jersey. A Super Saturday event will be held on Feb.1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble wing of the Shops at Riverside. Attractions include the creation of the world’s largest marshmallow snowman, dubbed “Toasty.” Sponsored by Hackensack’s CHiT CHaT Diner, visitors are invited to participate in the history-making event by donating $1 per marshmallow to place on Toasty. Inserra Supermarkets, Inc. has donated 11,000 marshmallows. A group of students from both Bergen County Academies and Bergen Community College worked collaboratively to design and construct Toasty. Additional sponsors are Maggiano’s Little Italy and Hilton Hasbrouck Heights. Donations will be split between the YCS Holley Childcare and Development Center located in Hackensack. The Center serves as home for 64 children ages 5-12 who have been removed from dangerous living situations and the Hackensack High School Band, which is fund-raising for a trip to perform in Washington, D.C. Non-profit organizations will be setting up games for families to enjoy with proceeds benefiting those groups. For example, the Boys and Girls Club of Hackensack/ Lodi will be setting up an obstacle course and game center to promote a healthy and fun lifestyle. There will be mall retailers, children’s crafts, and music by the School of Rock. “We are thrilled that The Shops at Riverside agreed to host an event for the community to welcome the Big Game and to give residents a way to have a great time and to support their local charities,” said Lauren Zisa, director of the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Crime Stoppers Needs Tipsters
BY jOY BeLgIOvIne Tri-Community Crime Stoppers was launched 35 years ago when the police chiefs of Hackensack, Teaneck and Bergenfield reached out to the public to help their detectives clean up their communities and take wanted criminals off the street. Over the years, dozens of local citizens have received cash awards for providing tips leading to the arrest of offenders. The tips have resulted in hundreds of convictions and millions of dollars in stolen property recovered. Today, this communitybased program is getting a reboot and stepping up its efforts to gain more involvement from the public to make the cities safer. Tri-Community Crime Stoppers is comprised of civilian volunteers from Teaneck, Hackensack and Bergenfield and is overseen by a board of trustees appointed by the police chiefs. When police detectives from each of the respective communities receive a tip, which subsequently leads to the arrest of an offender, Crime Stoppers can offer a monetary award to the tipster with anonymity provided. These cash rewards from Crime Stoppers are procured through donations and fundraising efforts, as well as through local resources. “These police officers and detectives put their lives on the line for us,” said Harry Comp, owner of Parisian Beauty Academy of Hackensack, and a Crime Stoppers trustee. “Crime Stoppers is a great way to offer assistance to our law enforcement.” Crime Stopper tips recently helped police capture a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Hackensack, Comp said. Toni Miello, a Hackensack
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resident who was recently appointed to the Crime Stoppers Board of Trustees, is excited about the resurgence of the program. “The police chiefs have been very supportive, and it’s a great opportunity to get the local business community and residents more involved,” said Miello, who has experience in fundraising through Hackensack High School’s Blue and Gold Scholarship Fund. Tipsters are encouraged to call their local police departments and ask to speak with a detective regarding a Crime Stoppers tip. Businesses interested in learning more about supporting Crime Stoppers should speak with the municipality’s police chief.
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AT THE LIBRARIES JOHNSON LIBRARY GALLERY AND CASES: A collection of black dolls courtesy of Michelle Rice. FREDERIC MORROW – FROM HACKENSACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE Jan. 22 from 7-9 p.m. Find out about the first African American to hold an executive position in the White House. With Arnold Brown, noted Bergen County historian and Anthony Cureton, president of the Bergen County NAACP and Victor Carter, adjunct professor at FDU. Please pre-register. BENCHMARK CIVICS PROJECT Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. informative discussion on the way the courts work, what it means to be a citizen and the importance of an independent, fair and impartial justice system. Bilingual presentation by Attorney Rose Reyes McKiernan. Please pre-register. INTRO TO TRIATHLON TRAINING Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. with Coach Andres Herrera. LOVE YOURSELF Take Care of Yourself on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. with a seminar on how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. THURSDAY MOVIE NIGHT Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Call for information on the movie. LINKEDIN Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Radwa will examine the Web site and how you can use it to find a job. Please pre-register. DE-CLUTTER YOUR DREAM TODAY Organize, simplify and dust off that dream on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Join bestselling author Jamie Novak as she reveals her trademark three-step system to clear the clutter. SELF-PUBLISHING 101 Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Join Radwa and local self-published author Joan Feldman on the nuts and bolts of successful self-publishing on the Web. Please pre-register. 10-WEEK KNITTING CLASS Feb. 11 – Apr. 15. For Hackensack residents only. LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR Mar. 22 – May 10 on Saturdays from 10 – 11 a.m. This is an eight-week introduction to guitar. Children ages 8 – 18 welcome. Concert on May 17 at 2:30 p.m. Each person must make the eight-week commitment. Materials fee $50. For Hackensack residents only. Pre-registration required. MEET WITH CONGRESSMAN GARRETT’S REPRESENTATIVE every third Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Fridays from 10:30 – noon for peer-led volunteer job search and networking. Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed and underemployed individuals and recent college graduates. Call 201-343-4169 ext. 22. BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be The Lover by Marguerite Duras. JUST THE FACTS: A NON-FICTIONONLY BOOK CLUB held Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. The book will be Quiet by Susan Cain. To register, call Kate at 201343-4169 ext. 36. TEEN BOOK CLUB FOR ADULT READERS Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. The book will be Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. INSPECT YOUR GADGET Every Thursday morning from 11 – 12 p.m. for smart phones, tablets, nooks, kindle and more. Bring the device and the manual and they will help you use it more efficiently. Hackensack residents only. FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES at 1:30 p.m. Call the library for film information. TEEN TUESDAYS free and open to
students Grades 7 – 12 for video games, Internet and board games from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Feb. 4, 11. 25. No Teen Tuesday on Feb. 18. No advance registration necessary and weekly attendance isn’t required. New participants are always welcome. Bring your library card for Internet use. Seventh graders need a red permission dot on their cards. PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Program of stories, videos and crafts for ages 3 – 5. Pre-registration required. MOTHER GOOSE TIME Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. Rhymes, finger plays, songs, a game and a story for children under age 3 and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. SPECIAL NEEDS STORYHOUR Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Registration required. VIDEO GAMES DROP-IN Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. for grades 4 – 6 only. CHESS CLUB Jan. 24, 28, Feb. 11, 25 at 3:30 p.m. for beginners and intermediate players. Pre-registration required. ROBOTICS Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m. grade 2 and up. LEGO DAY Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. for grades 2 and up. MAGIC TREEHOUSE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Jan. 27, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. for grades 1 – 3. ARTS AND CRAFTS Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Valentines for everyone for grades 2 and up. Registration is required. MEET THE ORCHESTRA Thursdays at 2 p.m. for children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. SATURDAY MOVIES at 2 p.m. for children of all ages. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE for individual assistance or tutoring with one of the librarians. Hackensack residents only. Call 201-343-4169 ext. 22. LEARN ENGLISH OR SPANISH USING ROSETTA STONE for Hackensack residents only. Ages 14 and up. By appointment only. Call 201-3434169 ext. 34 or e-mail. ENGLISH CONVERSATION Every Monday 6 – 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 – 11 a.m. and Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Group classes are being offered for highintermediate or advanced levels in English. No registration required. Space limited to first 5 people. Hackensack residents only. FREEGAL, FREADING AND VIDEO GAMES offers free music, free new e-books and video games available from the Hackensack.bccls.org Web site. Also borrow a Kindle. Contact Catherine FolkPushee for complete information. Borrow a Kindle offered to Hackensack members. Johnson Library Board Meetings at 274 Main St. at 4 p.m.. Feb. 11. Mar. 11. Apr. 8. May 13. June 10. Sept. 9. Oct. 14. Nov. 11. Dec. 9. Library Hours: Adult: Monday Thursday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Junior Department: Monday – Tuesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration is required for all special programs. Facebook. com/JohnsonPublicLibrary. Call 201343-4169 ext. 14 or visit Hackensack. bccls.org. MAYWOOD LIBRARY FAX 24 Public Service Fax Machine is located in the lobby and accepts debit and check cards: Visa, Master Card, Amex and Discover. $1.50/first page, $1/each additional to USA, Canada and Caribbean. International rates: $4.95/first page, $3.45/ additional pages. iPADS available for checkout to Maywood residents with valid library card. LESTER THOMAS IN CONCERT: PRESENTING ELVIS TRIBUTE Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. All ages encouraged to come. No registration required. CHINESE NEW YEAR
CELEBRATION Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Performance by the students of the Library Chinese Club. Chinese refreshments will be served. YOGA SATURDAYS Free one-hour beginner classes for ages 16 and older on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Must be 16 and up. Registration required. FOUR CORNERSTONES TO YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. THE SCRAPPIN’ FRIENDS CLUB meets for the basics of scrapbooking with Stephanie Rogers, to create our own scrapbook. Register at the front desk. Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the basics of scrapbooking at noon on with Stephanie Rogers, to create our own scrapbook. Register at the front desk. NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS career support group on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Also available are computer training classes and job readiness workshops. COMPUTER TRAINING Call for dates and information. Meets first and third Tuesdays of the month. First come basis. MS Suite classes available. Call to register. ADULT BOOK CLUB second Friday of the month. Book title, schedule and registration available at the front desk. Book club is led by Louise Feulner. CIRCLE TIME toddlers – 6-year-olds and their parents or caregivers meet for 45 minutes for songs, stories and play on Mondays from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Fridays from 11 – 11:45 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. BEAD CLUB the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for ages 7 and older. Open to all Homework Club attendees and to the public. Registration required. ARTS AND CRAFTS DROP-IN 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration required. VAST FOREIGN COLLECTION to accommodate the 38 percent of residents in Bergen County who speak a language other than English. Come visit the library and explore the books and DVDs on hand and to request additional language books ask a staff member at the library. YOUNG ADULT EXHIBITORS WANTED to display art work. All art is welcome. Contact Jenna at 201-845-2915. MAYWOOD LOCAL HISTORY ROOM by appointment only. For group tours call Carol Dass at 201-845-8830 or visit maywoodhistory.com. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Call 201-845-2915. PARAMUS LIBRARY ACTIVITIES open to Paramus residents only. Registration required unless otherwise noted. ZINIO FOR LIBRARIES an online digital magazine service will have a class, How to Download Zinio Magazines, on Jan. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m. AUTHOR SIGNING AND DISCUSSION Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. with former Paramus resident Charles Fredericks, author of My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me. IN THE SPOTLIGHT travel film series featuring Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily on Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. Light refreshments. Free and open to all with first come seating. STORYTIMES: for Paramus residents at Main Branch: Little Bookworms for birth -18 months with caregiver Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Teeny Time for ages 18 - 30 months with caregiver, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Tell Me a Story for ages 2.5 – 3.5 with caregiver on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3.5 – 5 on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:15. Pajama Storytime at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18, March. 18. Reid Branch: Tell Me a Story for ages 2 –
3 with caregiver on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3 – 5 on Mondays, and Wednesdays and Fridays. Call library for times. Registration required by phone or in person at main Library. Registration is not required at Reid library. AFTER-SCHOOL ADVENTURES at main library on Thursdays for grades K-3 at 4 p.m. PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB at main library on Feb. 11, Mar. 3 for grades 2-3 at 4 p.m. RAVENOUS READERS at main library on for grades 5 and 6 on Feb. 3, Mar. 3. BE’TWEEN PROGRAM at main library for grades 5 – 7 Jan. 28 for dumplings and Feb. 11 for pancakes. After-school crafts and cooking program. DREAM CATCHERS for grades 5 and up on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. MARCH MAKEOVER MADNESS for grades 5 – 8 on Mar. 5 at 3 p.m. TEEN TECH WEEK March 10-14 for grades 5 and up. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD at main library at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Mar. 4. THRILLING THURSDAYS at main library on Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. for ages 2.5 – 5. WINTER READING CLUB Now – March 3. Stickers for every book you read. 10 stickers earns you a prize from the treasure chest. Over 10 books enters you into the grand prize raffle. WINTER SPECIAL EVENTS: GUNG HAY FAT CHOY a Chinese New Year Party for grades K-4, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. at Main branch and Reid on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. PANCAKES, PANCAKES, PANCAKES, Feb. 15 for ages 2 – 5 at 10 a.m. and Friday Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. for grades K-4 at main branch and Valentine’s card workshop at Reid branch on Feb. 6 after school. VALENTINE’S POETRY CONTEST AWARD CEREMONY AND PARTY at Reid Branch Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. WINTER SCHOOL BREAK ACTIVITIES Feb. 17, Movie Matinee at 3 p.m. Feb. 18, Without a Loom at 3 p.m. Feb. 19, Mardi Gras at 3 p.m. Feb. 20, Cinderella Around the World at 3 p.m. Feb. 21, drop-in Craft Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY Mar. 3 at 4 p.m. for ages 4 – grade 4. REID BRANCH AFTER-SCHOOL at 3:30 p.m. Mondays: Wii Days. Tuesdays: Movie Days. Thursday: Arts and Crafts. Fridays: Picture Bingo. REID BRANCH TEEN WEDNESDAYS from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Includes: Cooking Club, Teen Crafts, WiiU Game Day, and Cupcake Wars. Contact the branch for dates. Main Library at 116 E. Century Rd. Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. - Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. The Reid Branch at 239 W. Midland Ave. Monday – 1 – 9 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 201-599-1309 for Main and 201-444-4911 for Reid or visit paramuslibrary.org. ROCHELLE PARK LIBRARY TODDLER TALES PLAY AND STORY TIME Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for children 5 and younger. MOVIE MONDAYS at 1 p.m. MOVIE TUESDAY FILM SERIES held at 1 p.m. for adults. FRIDAY MORNING MATINEE Rochelle Park Library is located at 151 West Passaic St. Call 201-587-7730. AT FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER HOLIDAY HIKE Presidents’ Day Hike, Feb. 17 from 2 – 3 p.m. Free to members. $5/non-members. No need to register. SNOW DAY Jan. 26 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
for families with children 6 or older. Discover winter wonders on a guided hiked. Dress warmly. $5/members, $8/nonmembers. Register by mail or online. BIRDERS WITHOUT BORDERS: EAGLE WATCHING ON THE HUDSON RIVER Feb. 2 from 9:30 – 4:30 p.m. for adults and families with children 10 and older. Bring binoculars. Meet at Tenafly Nature Center at 313 Hudson Ave. first for carpooling. May go to Bear Mountain, Croton Point and George’s Point. $15/members, $20/nonmembers. Register by mail or online. THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT Feb. 6 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. for adults and children 8 and older. Be a “Citizen Scientist” and participate in this national bird research project. Learn how to identify New Jersey’s winter birds on a guided walk. No need to register. Free/ members, $5/non-members. BEAT THE WINTER BLUES HIKE Feb. 23 from 2 – 3 p.m. for adults and children 6 and older. Register by mail or online. Free/members, $5/non-members. Flat Rock is located off Route 4 at 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Call 201-567-1265 or visit flatrockbrook.org. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Every Other Sunday ORADELL Open-Mic Night: Poetry and Live Acoustic Music presented by Cool Beans Café, 304 Kinderkamack Rd. from 7 – closing. Sign up at 7 p.m. House PA and piano available. After-hours jam session TBA. $3/cover. Call 201-634-1400. Monthly TENAFLY JCC on the Palisades Seeks Artists to Exhibit for monthly shows featuring work of painters, photographers, digital artists and other creative designers for wall art at the JCC Waltuch Art Gallery. Prepare a brief bio, an artist’s statement and 3 – 4 high resolution jpegs of your work for consideration to email@example.com. Mondays TEANECK Puffin Acting Workshop from 3 – 5 p.m. or 7 – 10 p.m. at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, with teacher Elyse Knight. Afternoon class is closed but call about the evening class. 201-836-3499 or visit puffinculturalforum.org. Saturdays or Sundays TEANECK Puffin Camera Club from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, with teacher Rachel Banai. $50 per five sessions. Call 201-836-3499 or visit puffinculturalforum.org. Jan. 24 HACKENSACK Children of Uganda performing the 2014 Tour of Light at the First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Call 201-343-7570. Jan. 24 – Feb. 9 Race by David Mamet presented by the Leonia Player’s Guild at The Civil War Drill Theater, 130 Grand Ave. on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. $20, $18/seniors and students. Call 201-947-9606 or visit leoniaplayers.org. Jan. 25 TEANECK Jazz: The Joshua Breakstone Cello Quartet presented at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, at 8 p.m. $10 donation. Reservations suggested. Visit puffinculturalforum.org. Jan. 25 MAYWOOD Community Christian Family Movie Night with “Fireproof” starring Kurt Cameron and Erin Bethea. The movie will be held at Tabernacle of Life Ministries, Inc. 1 Thoma Ave. at 6 p.m. Free refreshments, Call 201-523-2260 or visit tabernacleoflife.org. Jan. 25, 26 ORADELL A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the second stage presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Red Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Call about single or season tickets at 201-262-0515 or visit bcplayers.org.
Jan. 26 TEANECK Classical Sunday: Karine Poghosyan presented at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, at 4 p.m. $10 donation. Reservations suggested. Visit puffinculturalforum.org. Jan. 26 ORADELL Romantic Masterpieces presented by the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra featuring conductor Richard Owen Jr. at River Dell Regional High School, 55 Pyle Ave. at 4 p.m. Suggested donation $20. Call 201-477-0406 or visit adelphichamber@ gmail.com. Jan. 26, 27 LEONIA Auditions for Two One-Act Plays presented by the Player’s Guild of Leonia at 130 Grand Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Call Backs by invitation only on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Performances on March 21, 28, 29 and April 4, 5 at 8 p.m. and March 23, 30 and April 6 at 3 p.m. Plays will be Miss Witherspoon and The Actor’s Nightmare. Visit leoniaplayers.org or call 201-9479606. Feb. 1 RAMSEY Newark Boys Chorus presented by Don Bosco Prep, 492 N. Franklin Turnpike, at 7:30 p.m. Snow date Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. $18. Call 201-327-8003 ext. 188 for tickets. Feb. 6 WOOD-RIDGE An Evening of Music, Dinner and Dancing presented by the Hackensack High School Band Parent Organization at the Fiesta, Route 17 South, from 6 – 10 p.m. Entertainment provided by Time Machine Band and Jose Fajardo Jr. and His Orchestra. $50/adults, $35/students. Mail to HHSBPO, PO Box 7072, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662. Feb. 9 RIDGEWOOD An Old-Fashioned Valentine presented by Ridgewood Choral at the Unitarian Society, 133 Cottage Place, at 3:30 p.m. with Jennifer Cho and John Tiranno. Tickets $20. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. for a silent auction to benefit the Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award. Visit ridgewoodchoral.org. Feb. 15 – Mar. 8 ORADELL Around the World in 80 Days presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Red Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Call about single or season tickets at 201-262-0515 or visit bcplayers.org. Feb. 16 NYACK Woody Allen & Me: Tony Roberts in Conversation with Elliott Forrest at the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., at 7 p.m. Call 855-ARTROCK or visit ArtsRock. org. Feb. 21 – 23 BLOOMFIELD Sunday in the Park with George presented by 4th Wall Theatre at Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St. For tickets visit 4thwalltheatre.org. Mar. 7 PARAMUS Black 47, The Best Irish Rock Band in America presented by Bergen Community College in the Anna Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. General admission $35. Call 201-447-7428. Mar. 21 – Apr. 6 LEONIA Two One-Act Plays presented by the Player’s Guild of Leonia at 130 Grand Ave. Performances on March 21, 28, 29 and April 4, 5 at 8 p.m. and March 23, 30 and April 6 at 3 p.m. Plays will be Miss Witherspoon and The Actor’s Nightmare. Visit leoniaplayers.org or call 201-9479606. Mar. 22 – Apr. 12 ORADELL To Kill a Mocking Bird presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Red Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Call about single or season tickets at 201262-0515 or visit bcplayers.org. May 2 PARAMUS Just a Jersey Guy, Brian Altano – The Raconteur of the Garden State presented by Bergen Community College in the Anna Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. General
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Where to Celebrate the Super Bowl
Super Bowl is headed to the Meadowlands on Feb. 2 and several local municipalities are by hosting their own pre-game festivities. East Rutherford is home to the game as well as the major Meadowlands Tailgate Party 2014. The event will be held before kickoff on Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature food trucks and stands, activities and musical performances by the BSTREETBAND and The Nerds. Admission is $10 and children under 12 are free. For more information, contact the borough clerk's office at 201-933-3444, ext. 509. Secaucus has several featured attractions such as a beer garden, ice rink with open skating and showcase hockey games, food truck mash-up, games, activities and more during the Winter Blast at Buchmuller Park held from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. For more information, visit www.northjerseyevents.com. Rutherford’s Big Game Committee is sponsoring Football Fest 2014, which is open to the public and will feature several events including Footballs for Food Charity on Jan. 25 at the Rutherford Elks Lodge. For more detailed information, visit www.footballfest2014.com. Ridgewood is hosting a week-long pre-game celebration, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 2. The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting events such as movies, activities and games that will take place throughout the town. Local restaurants are expected to offer promotions and special events as well. Contact the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce for more information at 201445-2600 or visit www. ridgewoodchamber.com/. Give back while getting fit and having fun at the Big Game 5K at Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus on Jan. 26, starting at 9 a.m.. For $30 in advance (until Jan. 20) or $35 on race day, participants can choose to race in a 5K timed course around the perimeter of the mall or leisurely walk a 1-mile course inside. Event proceeds will benefit several area nonprofit organizations including Adler Aphasia Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bergen County-Hawthorne and Northwest, N.J., and Heroes and Cool Kids. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities (wheelchairs welcomed). Participants will receive a T-shirt, medal and swag bag. An award ceremony, music and tailgate party will take place in the food court immediately following the race. For more information or to register, visit www.thebiggame5k. com. While the Big Game
Hackensack event was recently cancelled due to lack of support from city officials, the Shops at Riverside is hosting Saturday at The Shops, a pre-game extravaganza including carnival games, musical performances by The School of Rock, and the building of the world’s largest marshmallow snowman, sponsored by the CHiT CHaT Diner and Inserra Supermarkets. The event is scheduled for Feb.1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Barnes & Noble book store. For more information, visit www.simon.com/mall/theshops-at-riverside. The Stony Hill Inn of Hackensack is hosting a Super Saturday pre-game party on Feb. 1. From 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be D.J. music, an open bar, food and a tricky tray auction for $200 per person; $300 per couple; or $500 per family of four. All proceeds benefit HackensackUMC. For tickets,
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admission $35. Call 201-447-7428. May 2 - 3 FAIR LAWN The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) presented by the Skyline Theatre Company at the George Frey Center in the Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th Street. $28/adults, $20/ seniors, $18/students. Call 1-800-4741299. May 3 – June 1 ORADELL Ruthless! presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Red Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Call about single or season tickets at 201-262-0515 or visit bcplayers.org. June 7, 8 2014 ORADELL My Favorite Wife on the second stage, presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Red Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Call about single or season tickets at 201-262-0515 or visit bcplayers.org. BUSINESS AND NETWORKING Every Wed. PARAMUS Sunset Rotary Club of Central Bergen meeting at Bonefish Grill, Crowne Plaza Hotel at 6:15 p.m. Call 201-262-5988. Every Thursday HACKENSACK Hackensack Rotary Club meets at Rudy’s, 107 Anderson St. Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Focus on community service and information through weekly programs. Visit hackensackrotary.org. Contact Amanda Missey, membership chair woman, 201-281-8587 or amissey@ bergenvolutneers.org. Every Tuesday MOONACHIE Little Ferry/Moonachie Rotary meets at the Moonachie Civic Center from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Visit littleferrymoonachierotary. webs.com. Every Thursday MAYWOOD Maywood Rotary Club meets at Maywood Inn for lunch on Thursdays. Feb. 7, Gift of Life dinner at the Venetian Restaurant in Garfield. March 14, fish’n chips dinner and drawing for the Luck of the Irish raffle. March 28, Feed the Hungry at HHMC, 120 S. River St. Hot stew deliverers at 3 p.m. servers at 4 p.m. Apr. 5 – 12, District Conference Cruise on Royal Caribbean. Apr. 17, Presidents Ball at Seasons Restaurant in Washington Township. May 17, MRC’s Annual 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. at Memorial Park. Volunteers needed at 8:15 a.m. Call 201843-8763. Every Wednesday TEANECK Teaneck Rotary Club meets for lunch at Vitale’s, 293 Queen Anne Rd., at noon. Cost of lunch only, kosher meals available in advance. Call 201-837-8600. See the Web site for guest speakers, 201-843-2169. PARAMUS Paramus Rotary Events: Jan. 31, Paramus Rotary Pasta Dinner in conjunction with Paramus High School’s Interact, student government and East Brook/West Brook Middle Schools’ REACT Clubs at the Paramus High School Cafeteria from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Event benefits Rotary Scholarships, Rotary Gift of Life Program and families in need. Adults/$10, K-12. Students/$7, under 5/no charge. Call 201-498-0900 or e-mail soshea@ deutschatkins.com. HACKENSACK Regional Chamber of Commerce Jan. 23, Networking with Bogota business owners at Valley National Bank, 325 Palisade Ave. at 6 p.m. RSVP to Darlene by Jan. 21. Jan. 29, Taste of the NFL, Wine Tasting Event at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights. Details to follow. Feb. 12, Beefsteak Dinner at the American Legion Hall in Maywood. 201-489-3700 or visit hackensackchamber.org. MAHWAH Mahwah Regional Chamber Jan. 22, Super Community Spirit Showcase at Sheraton Mahwah from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 201-529-5566 or visit Mahwah.com. MEADOWLANDS
Meadowlands Regional Chamber Events Jan. 28, ELN Open Committee meeting. Feb. 12, Lunch for Love: Legal Sea Foods. Feb. 11, 12, 2014 Walk to Washington. Visit meadowlands.org. Jan. 31 HACKENSACK Fifth Friday presented by Bergen Volunteers at Stony Hill Inn from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring Dr. Peter Mercer president of Ramapo College on higher education in America. Register by Jan. 24. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Visit bergenvolunteers.org. CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN Mondays HACKENSACK Citizenship Classes Mondays at the Johnson Library from 10 – 11 a.m. Other times available by appointment. Call 201343-4169 ext. 21. HACKENSACK Internet Classes offered by the Johnson Public Library. Hackensack residents only. Call for details. 201-343-4781. Saturdays TEANECK Salsa Aerobic Dance Classes with dancer/ choreographer Donay at ClubFit, 444 Cedar Lane from noon – 1 p.m. For men and women, no partners required. $10/ person. Call 201-894-0138. Fourth Sunday MAYWOOD Square Dancing presented by Maywood Recreation and FAD (Fun at Dancing) held at the Maywood Senior Recreation Center from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Children first grade and older may attend with an adult. Call Jim at 201-712-1853 squaredance2@ yahoo.com. Jan. 23 – Apr. 3 HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Homework Club for children in grades 1 – 5 on Thursdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Care on the Corner, 333 Franklin Ave. $25. Call 201-288-9460 to register. Feb. 5 HACKENSACK The Women’s Institute at Bergen Community College presents “Women and Technology.” Held at the Ciarco Learning Center on Main Street. To register call 201-301-9659 or e-mail skendrick@ bergen.edu. Feb. 19, 26 HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Registration for Citizenship Classes held at Care on the Corner, 229 Terrace Ave. at 7 p.m. Class runs for 6-weeks from March 3 – April 7 on Monday nights from 7:30 – 7:30 p.m. Must bring green card to registration. $15/non-refundable. Call 201-288-9460. Feb. 19, 26 HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Registration for Adult ESL Classes held at Care on the Corner, 229 Terrace Ave. at 7 p.m. Class runs March 12 – May 11 on Wednesday nights from 7:30 – 7:30 p.m. Books available at registration. $15/nonrefundable. Call 201-288-9460. Mar. 7 HACKENSACK The Women’s Institute at Bergen Community College presents “Women and Food Service Industry.” Held at the Ciarco Learning Center on Main Street. To register call 201-301-9659 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Apr. 2 HACKENSACK The Women’s Institute at Bergen Community College presents “Women and Retail” at the Ciarco Learning Center on Main Street. To register call 201-301-9659 or e-mail email@example.com. May 7 HACKENSACK The Women’s Institute at Bergen Community College presents “Women and the Food Service Industry” at the Ciarco Learning Center on Main Street. To register call 201-301-9659 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. LECTURES AND INFORMATION Jan. 24 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Responding to the Need presented by Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare with former governor Richard Codey at Seasons, 644 Pascack Rd., at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and program. Call 201-488-2877 or visit the wrightperspective.com.
ORGANIZATIONS Tuesdays MAYWOOD The Garden State Ski Club meets at the Maywood Inn’s Twin Door Tavern, 122 W. Pleasant Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Discounted lift tickets and access to a GSSC ski house in Vermont. Year-round activities including tennis, golf, biking, hiking and social events. Visit gardenstateskiclub.com for information and a list of the activities. Mondays RUTHERFORD Toastmasters (1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays) build confidence by overcoming your fear of public speaking at Park Avenue Toastmasters, Blimpie Subs and Salads, 62 Park Ave. at 7 p.m. Guests are welcomed and attend free. Call 201-247-0556. Wednesdays BERGENFIELD The Widow & Widowers Club of Northern Valley invites singles for dancing, refreshments and live music at the VFW Hall, 321 S. Washington Ave., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Also for fifth Wednesday if applicable. All other Wednesdays for widowed only. Newcomers are welcome. Call 973-772-9078. First Tuesday LITTLE FERRY Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 809 meeting held at 100 Main St. at 8 p.m. Visit vfwpost809.org. Second Monday MAYWOOD The Maywood Democratic Club meets the second Monday of the month at Maywood Borough Hall, second floor at 8 p.m. New members are always welcome. Second Monday HACKENSACK Hackensack African-American Civic Organization meets the second Monday at the Elks Lodge on the corner or First and Berry streets. Visit haaca.org. Second Thursday ROCHELLE PARK American Legion Auxiliary Unit 170 of Rochelle Park meeting at 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at 33 W. Passaic St. Women who are wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of veterans are welcome to join. Call 201-587-9655. Third Monday LITTLE FERRY Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 800 meets at 100 Main St. at 8 p.m. Visit vvachapter800.org. Third Sunday ROCHELLE PARK Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by the American Legion Post 170 with the Lodi Post 136. Regular price $4/person. Call 201-843-9683 or visit alpost170.us. MAYWOOD Electronic Bingo in addition to paper bingo and pull tabs for instant wins at Our Lady Queen Of Peace, 400 Maywood Ave. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Breaks for smokers. Coffee, soda, food and snacks are sold. 201-845-9566. First Wednesday RIDGEWOOD North Jersey Depression Glass Club held at a new location, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place at 7 p.m. Call 973-838-2419. Jan. 31 WOOD RIDGE 2014 Annual Beefsteak Dinner presented by Hackensack Blue and Gold held at the Fiesta. Journal available call 201-587-9797 weekdays between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ext. 315 or visit hackensackblueandgold.com. Jan. 31 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP A Day of Games at the Bergen County YJCC, 605 Pascack Rd. from 9:30 a.m. (with a continental breakfast) until 1 p.m. when lunch will be served. $45. Register by. Jan. 24. Call 201-6666610 ext. 5812. RECREATION AND CAMPS Tuesdays MAYWOOD Mah Jongg for new or experienced players offered by Maywood Recreation at the Maywood Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 p.m. Call 201-8452900. Tuesdays HACKENSACK Teen Leaders Club presented by the YMCA Greater Bergen County, 360 Main St., for teens grades 8 – 12. Includes hands-on leadership experience with volunteering, community events, special trips and local events and fun. Call 201-
487-6600 ext. 205 or visit ymcagbc.org. Apr. – May MAYWOOD Spring Golf and Tennis Enrichment for children/young adults presented by Maywood Recreation held at Memorial Park. In-person registration held March 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Memorial Park. Golf will be held on Wednesdays Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14/ for Grades K-3 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for grades 4 – 8 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tennis will be held on Tuesdays Apr. 1, 58, 22, 29, May 5, 12 for grades K-3 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and grades 4 – 8 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. $99/sixweek session. Call 201-230-9502 or visit playTGA.com. SCHOOLS HACKENSACK YMCA After-School Program includes homework assistance, enrichment programs and fun for grades K – 6. Program meets after school from 2:50 – 6 p.m. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 211 or visit ymcagbc.org. SENIORS MAYWOOD The Golden Age Club of Maywood meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Maywood Senior/ Recreation Center, Duvier Place, at 1 p.m. New members welcome, must be a Maywood residents/55 or older. Dues are now payable, $20. Call 201-845-9215. MAYWOOD Senior Citizens Club of Maywood meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (first meeting is business and second is social) at the Maywood Senior/Recreation Center on Duvier Place. For membership information, call 201-843-1061. For trip information call 201-843-1061. Second Thursday PARAMUS Paramus AARP Chapter 3834 has opened its membership to new members. The Paramus area includes the surrounding towns. Meeting at the Cipolla Senior Center at 97 Farview Ave. held 10 months of the year. Call Lou at 201-261-2068. Third Thursday HACKENSACK St. Francis Socialites meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Church Hall, 50 Lodi St. New members welcome. Call 201-342-5785. Second and Fourth Wednesdays PARAMUS Joseph Cipolla Paramus Senior #1 Club located at 93 Farview Ave. Meetings at noon. Strictly a social agenda: cards, trips, entertaining programs, fun meetings and informative speakers. Call Jim at 201845-9310. First and Third Thursday PARAMUS Senior Pioneers of Paramus welcomes new members at the Cipolla Senior Center, 93 N. Farview Ave. at 1 p.m. Various activities including chess, cards, pool, bocce ball, bus trips and speakers on topics pertaining to seniors, as well as entertainment. Call Mary at 201-265-7195 for an application. ROCHELLE PARK Rochelle Park Senior Citizens meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at the Senior Center at the municipal complex at 151 W. Passaic Street at 1 p.m. All seniors 55 and older are welcome to join. Dues $15/year. For information, call Judy at 201-845-8688. For trips call Mitzi at 201-843-9243. SOUTH HACKENSACK The Senior Citizens meet the first Thursday of the month, at 1 p.m. Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. 201-440-9032. Second Friday HACKENSACK AARP Chapter 418 Meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Hackensack Recreation Center, 116 Holt St. For information call 201489-2585. HACKENSACK Americas Unidas Multicultural Senior Center activities at 101 Hudson St. Center open Monday Through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hot lunch served daily at noon Monday – Friday. Mondays and
Wednesdays, Muscle Training at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Belly Dancing at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Arthritis Exercise at 9:30 a.m. These classes are free of charge. 201336-3320. Wednesdays MAYWOOD Line Dance Instruction presented by the Maywood Recreation Department on Wednesdays from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. at the Maywood Senior Center. Call 201-845-2900 ext. 208 or e-mail email@example.com. January Events HACKENSACK Senior Source held at The Shops at Riverside. Jan. 22, Social Security and Your Investments with Citibank at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Mah Jongg at 11 a.m. Laughter Yoga at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Current Events with Bob at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Awareness Meditation with Sharon at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Mah Jongg at 11 a.m. Medicare Advantage with United Healthcare at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Wellness with Holy Name Medical Center at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Mah Jongg at 11 a.m. Film Festival “The Apartment” at 1 p.m. Jan. 31, Networking Breakfast from 8:30 – 10 a.m. Call for complete information. Take a Chance and Make Your Lifetime Investment Work for You with Residential Home Funding at 1:30 p.m. Call 201-3420962 or visit seniorsourcellc.com. SPECIAL EVENTS Fridays SOUTH HACKENSACK Wine Tasting presented by Wine and Liquor Depot, 310 Huyler St., from 4 – 7 p.m. Call 201-343-1513. MAYWOOD Maywood Station Visit maywoodstation. com. 201-487-6600 ext. 220 or visit ymcagbc.org. Jan. 25 HACKENSACK Book Talk and Benefit presented by Hackensack educators and authors at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, at 2 p.m. Authors Caseen Gaines, Toney Jackson and Chris Ryan will sign books and conduct a book discussion. 10 percent of book sales will go to benefit fellow Hackensack High School teacher and alum Ashley Paladino. Call 201-646-8042. Jan. 26 PARAMUS The Big Game 5K presented by the Big Game 5K Committee at Westfield Garden State Plaza at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go to non-profits and charities throughout the metropolitan area. $25. Celebrity hosts Joe Morris and Bruce Harper. Register at thebiggame5k.com. Jan. 31 WOOD-RIDGE Annual Beefsteak presented by Hackensack Blue and Gold Scholarship Fund at the Fiesta. Rt. 17 S. from 7:30 – midnight. Dinner, dancing, raffles, 50/50 and more. $45/in advance, $50/ at the door. Contact Barbara Gooding at 201-587-9797 ext. 315. Or bjgooding@ hackensackblueandgold.com. SUPPORT GROUPS First and third Thursdays RIVER EDGE St. Peter’s Support Group for divorced, single, separated and widowed adults, 431 Fifth Ave., at 7:30 p.m. sharp in the school library. Includes discussions, speakers and social activities. Visit nj.support-group-nj. com or call 201-440-0217 or 201-7960988. HACKENSACK Overcomer’s Outreach a free support service for addiction related issues. Meetings are every Friday night from 7 – 8 p.m. at 720 Summit Ave. For information call Joanne at 201-424-7725 or visit overcomersoutreach.org. HACKENSACK Victim Family/Friends Support Group coordinated by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. to support family members and friends of those who have died by homicide. Call 973-447-8285 or 201-226-5792 or visit bcpo.net. HACKENSACK
Cardiac Support Group Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Prospect Heights Care Center Cardiac Unit, 336 Prospect Ave. Call 201-518-7753. HACKENSACK Diabetes Support Group Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Prospect Heights Care Center, third floor, 336 Prospect Ave. Call 201518-7753. TOWN NEWS MAYWOOD Annual Borough Council Work Sessions on 2nd Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 10, Dec. 9. Council meetings on 4th Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, Apr. 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26. Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Dec. 23. Meetings are held at 15 Park Ave. on the 2nd floor. TRIPS Mar. 4 PHILAPELPHIA Philadelphia Flower Show “ARTiculture” trip presented by Maywood Recreation Department departing Maywood Pool at 9 a.m. and departs Pennsylvania Convention Center at 6 p.m. $50 includes transportation, entrance fee, art works, 10 acres of floral designs, workshop, demonstrations, shopping and wine tastings. Call Lisa Schieli at 201-845-2900 ext. 208 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. May 26 – June 7 TEXAS Trip to Texas presented by the Senior Citizens Club of Maywood visiting Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. $1,625/pp double occupancy. $2,160/pp single occupancy. Deposit of $150 due by Feb. 5. Final payment by April 2. Call Ernie Oest at 201-843-1061. WORSHIP Ongoing TEANECK Temple Emeth at 1666 Windsor Rd. Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. A conversation with Rabbi Joshua Leighton about The Inter-Married Rabbi, $6/person. Mini University of Jewish Studies: The Prayer of the Heart: The Evolution of English Liturgical Readings in Reform Prayer Books, on Jan. 21, 28 at 7:30 p.m. Judaism and Human Rights on Jan. 21, 28 at 8:40 p.m. Family Worship on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Ongoing programs include: Lunch and Learn on Wednesdays at noon. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea provided. Torah study on Saturdays from 9 – 10:15 a.m. Speak, Laugh and Enjoy Yiddish on Mondays at 10:45 a.m. Call 201-833-1322 or visit emeth.org. Ongoing TEANECK Jewish Center of Teaneck The Daily Minyan/Services with mechitzah are at 7:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Rosh Hodesh (new month) weekday morning services are at 7 a.m. Sunday services are at 9 a.m.; and in the evening, same time as the preceding Friday evening. On Sunday mornings after Shacharit and bagels and coffee, there is a Mishah class with Rabbi Lawrence Zierler. During the week, when the Torah is read in the morning on Mondays and Thursdays. Shabbat Services with mechitzah in the Pressburger Sanctuary is at 9 a.m. And on Shabbat for young children there is a Kinder Shul @JCT for 3- to 8-year-olds while parents attend services. Kinder Shul is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is designed to engage the children through songs and games with a Shabbat or Yom Tov theme and incorporate other age-appropriate symbols and concepts to make coming to shul a...kinder and family friendly experience. The Jewish Center of Teaneck is located at 70 Sterling Place. The Jewish Center is a modern Orthodox synagogue with daily, Shabbat and holiday services, all under the leadership of Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, the center’s Mara D’atra, Spiritual Leader. To receive the center’s weekly e-mail blast and monthly e-mail newsletter please call the center office, 201-833-0515, ext. 200.
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Letters to the Editor
Teaneck Stretching Taxpayer Dollars
At a time when taxes are high and making ends meet is a challenge to all, the Teaneck Township Council continues to look for ways to save taxpayer money. One example is the recent plan to change the municipal building’s office hours. Approximately two years ago, the council explored a way to accommodate the hundreds of residents who use the municipal building every month by offering more convenient hours. Maintaining the regular schedule of Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. did not offer much flexibility or convenience to residents who work in the city or those who simply could not get to the building before the early closing times. While careful to avoid extra cost to taxpayers, the council considered moving to a four-day work week while extending the daily hours that municipal services were being offered. It was also the council’s hope that closing the municipal building for one day would create a favorable impact on the environment while saving utility costs by closing on Friday. By reorganizing employee schedules, the manager was able to craft a new work schedule that allows Teaneck residents to have their cake and eat it too. The municipal building is now open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This totals 48 hours, compared to 40 hours at the old schedule. Most importantly, these new hours do not require additional employees or pay and do not increase costs. Teaneck Councilman Elie Y. Katz
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Maywood Contest Supporters Thanked
Judging for the 2013 Maywood Christmas Decorating Contest took place on Dec. 27. We would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their participation: Maywood Rotary Club for sponsoring the annual event; Maywood Market Place for providing the food; Jeanne Jerlinski for allowing us to meet, eat and discuss the event in her home; the judges, Mary Carton, Terry DeLorenzo, Patti Donovan, Carole and Mike Feeney, Michele Melnyk, Claire and Gregg Padovano and Joan Winnie; and the drivers, Donald Carton, Bill Jerlinski, Peter Melnyk and Mary Anne Rampolla. Bill Jerlinski & Mary Anne Rampolla Co-Chair, Maywood Decorating Contest
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Sports Fans Must Choose Civility
BY cYnthIA grOssO Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette Today, it seems that some sports fans have forgotten common courtesy. Have we lost respect for the game? Sports in America have become big business. Tickets to games are something we often pay big money to obtain. Your enjoyment of the event and others’ enjoyment of the game is greatly enhanced by the use of what seems to be not-socommon-courtesy. There is etiquette on and off the field. When attending a game, you should obey the guest code of conduct, which is to show consideration for the people around you. An example of courteous behavior may be not standing and blocking the view of others, not being too rowdy or using foul language or gestures as this behavior may be ruining the event for those who are unfortunate enough to have to be seated near you. There is an acceptable behavior limit that once exceeded is no longer appreciated. Let us do our part to keep sports events a good time enjoyed by all. Whether watching the Super Bowl or your child’s Little League game, it has always been the accepted custom of fans to cheer for their player or team. However, that does not include insulting your team or the opposing team, umpires, coaches, players, etc. Is this a simple act of anger or a larger act of disrespect? Today, we see more parents of children in sports getting in the face of the umpires, coaches and even other players. That type of conduct is considered unsportsmanlike. Although a player’s conduct during the game is as important as the rules of play, sportsmanship is about more than just the game at hand. Our children need to see us setting a positive example by being respectful toward other fans, the players, the coaches, etc., as we realize we are part of a much bigger scoreboard. We all need to do our part by being a good example in the game of life. Children learn by example, our example. So go ahead, get in the game! The Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, Inc. specializes in assisting individuals and corporations pursue higher levels of professionalism, leadership and the skill of polish. Visit www.charlestonschoolofprotocol.com
The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education recently named the Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation (CPJR) at Bergen Community College as an official state Holocaust and Genocide Resource Center. As part of a network of similar organizations under the commission, the CPJR has established a unique identity from other college-based resource centers with a mission rooted in the Armenian genocide – the first genocide of the 20th century. Through ongoing education initiatives
Bergen Holocaust Center Recognized
such as “teach the teacher” trainings at local schools accompanied by a CPJRdeveloped curriculum guide, the center provides tools for educators to integrate genocide studies and conflict resolution into New Jersey classrooms. “The center establishes and supports connectedness, coherence and structure on campus, in the community and beyond,” Professor Thomas LaPointe, one of the CPJR’s five co-directors at Bergen, said. LaPointe, a professor of literature and
composition, recently coauthored a book, Hidden Genocides, on topics such as the Armenian genocide. Founded in 2009 at the main campus in Paramus, CPJR examines the issues of war, genocide and social justice by sponsoring awareness initiatives and special programming. The center functions as the college’s on-campus research center offering electronic, print and new media resources for Bergen students, faculty and members of the community.
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Bottelberghs, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Jan. 5 at the age of 98. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack, and a member of its Rosary Society. She was also a volunteer for the Women’s Auxiliary at Hackensack University Medical Center for more than 20 years. Beloved wife of 67 years to the late George Manderioli (2008). Loving mother of George Manderioli and his wife Georgianna of Towaco and Diane “Dee” Ryan and her husband, the late Arthur of Maywood. Cherished grandmother of Marisa Arcaroli, Kevin Ryan, Christopher Manderioli, Danielle Manderioli and Scott Ryan. Cherished greatgrandmother of 10. Dearest sister-in-law of Fred Manderioli of Arizona. EMANUELE BALISTRIERI, 72, of Little Ferry, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6. Prior to retiring, he worked as a machine operator for Zenith Textile & Dye in Paterson. He previously worked for Goldberg Slipper Factory in Hackensack for many years. Emanuele was a very devoted husband, father, brother and a great friend to all. He especially loved working in his garden and writing poetry. He was a strong man that was admired by all. Beloved husband of Filippa (née Fragale) for 36 years. Loving father of Francesca Decandia and her husband Jeffrey of Edison and Angelo Balistrieri and his wife Josephine of Little ferry. Dearest brother of Giuseppe Balistrieri, Giovanni Balistrieri, Guglielmo Balistrieri and Lena Barone, all of Italy. Emanuele is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. MARYLYN HOFFMAN, née Thurston, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Jan. 12 at the age of 79. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack, Beloved wife of the late Allan Hoffman (1999) and the late William Forbes (1975). Dearest cousin of Helen Dull of Hague, Va., Robert English of Middletown, and the late Garrett Joseph English and James English. Cherished aunt of Robert English of Eatontown, Timothy English of Oakhurst, and James English of Farmington, Conn.
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ELEANOR PIAZZA-ERIGAT, 75, of South Hackensack, died on Dec. 3, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Salvatore Piazza. Loving daughter of the late Michael and Emma Plati. Dearest mother of Nihad Peavler and her husband James of Novato, Calif., Nicole Franco and her husband Gary of Paramus, and the late Joanne Francis Piazza. Devoted grandmother of Isabelle, Madelyn, Olivia and Augustus. Eleanor is also survived by her siblings, Elaine Costello of Maywood, and Michele Sanzari and her husband Richard of Saddle Brook. SEAN LYONS, of Teaneck, passed away on Dec. 5, 2013 at the age of 27. He worked in construction as a carpenter. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Ridgewood. Cherished son of Donna Whalen (née DePietro) and John Lyons Jr. Dearest brother of Emily Lyons. Adored grandson of Elizabeth Trocola (née Roche) and John Lyons Sr. and the late Barbara (née Emich) and Rosario DePietro. He was also loved by many other relatives and friends. VERONICA ZELEZNOCK, née Novatnack, of South Hackensack, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Dec. 6, 2013 at the age of 93. She received only the best tender loving and care by her granddaughter Emily Cenicola and especially by her brother “Uncle Tony” Novatnack. Beloved wife of the late John Zeleznock. Loving mother of the late John Robert Zeleznock and his wife Maureen of Pennsylvania, Mary Ellen Cenicola and her husband Robert of Midland Park, and Joan Cramer of Florida. Cherished grandmother of six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dearest sister of William Novatnack, Pauline Wegryniak, Anthony Novatnack, Martha Sherrock, Michael Novatnack and Larry Novatnack. PETER MCKENNA, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2013 at the age of 79. Peter enjoyed carpentry, gardening and traveling, especially to County Monaghan, Ireland where he was born. Prior to retiring in 1985 he worked as a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York. After retiring, he enjoyed his second
career with the Paramus Board of Education’s maintenance department. He also proudly served his country as a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the Bergen Irish Association, Knights of Columbus Trinity Council 747, Hackensack, and a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Hackensack. Peter will be sadly missed by all, especially his beloved wife of 13 years, Maura (née Joyce), and the late Mary (née Warren) (1997) of County Clare, Ireland. Cherished father of, Maureen, Eileen and her husband Rob, Patrick and his wife Eva, and his stepchildren, Patrick and his wife Maureen, Antoinette and her husband Patrick, and Eddie. A great joy in Peter’s life were his cherished grandchildren, Olivia, Stuart, Robby, Tara, Patrick, Clare, Michael, Daniel, Ashlyn and Patrick. MARGHERITA PALLOTTA, née Palladino, of Saddle Brook, passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2013 at the age of 73 surrounded by her loving family. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack. Beloved wife of 55 years to Nicolangelo Pallotta. Loving mother of Filomena and her husband Isaac Quiroz of Kearny, Michael and his wife Dawn Pallotta of Saddle Brook, Antonietta and her husband Anthony Sansone of Park Ridge and Maria and her husband the late Jack Robert DiCarlo of Saddle Brook. Cherished grandmother of Clarissa, Gabriella, Nicolangelo, Angelina, Amanda, Angela, Alyssa, Anthony, Nicholas and Dominick. Dearest sister of Laura and her husband Ezio Catuzza of Canada and the late Maria and Nicolino Salvatore, and Crescenzo Palladino. HELEN STACHURA, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2013 at the age of 100. She was a member of the Church of Immaculate Conception, Hackensack. Loving aunt of Trudy Gassenhiemer, Eugene Foschino, Thomas Foschino, Carol Foschino and the late Richard Foschino. THERESA “TESSIE” AVITABLE, 101, of Hackensack, passed away on Dec. 19, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Her father, Giovanni Avitable, was the first Italian bread baker in Bergen County, starting in the early
1900’s. The business was then run by her brother Henry and his wife Beatrice. Theresa would deliver the bread to the customers with her brother by horse and wagon. She then progressed to driving a Model T Ford. She attended business school and worked for many years in the millinery department at Macy’s Herald Square in Manhattan. She was an amazing woman and will be missed by all of the generations she touched. Beloved daughter of the late Giovanni and Calogera Avitable. Dearest sister to the late Henry Avitable and his wife Beatrice Avitable. Loving aunt of Kathleen Salvo, Patricia Sivori and the late Joann Fox. Cherished great-aunt of Jack Salvo, Kim Salvo, Bryan Fox and Kristen Sivori. Theresa is also survived by two great-great nephews and one great-great niece. TIN CHAI EE, 80, of Hackensack, passed away on Dec. 23, 2013. Born in India, Tin Chai was a dentist in his country before moving to the United States. He enjoyed watching soccer, tennis and movies, reading the newspaper and anything to do with gourmet food. Beloved husband of Chang Hsiu (née Hsue) for 56 years. Loving father of Chie Nan Wey and her husband Theen Shee, Kwai Nan Ee, Yeou Nan Shu, Chie Shin Frazer and her husband Nauser, Ywin Shin Kale and her husband Raghunath, Chie Li Ee, and Hao Li Ee. Cherished grandfather of Brian, Dylan, Shi Yen, Min Kwang, Shwe Thee, Trishala and Nayonika. Devoted son of the late Sia Yuan and Chang See Yee. Tin is also survived by his siblings, Ai Lien Chen, Chai Fa Ee, Ai Yin Chen, Chie Chai Ee, La Yin Jishi, Chai Lien Lee and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. JOSEPH LICATA, 84, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2013. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Beloved husband of Lucrezia (née Intorella) for 43 years. Devoted uncle of John Licata of Fanwood, the Rev. Joseph Licata of Fanwood, Josephine Marchegiana and her husband Mario of Long Island and Sally Morgante and her husband Angelo of Long Island. Dearest brother-in-law of Concetta Intorella of Franklin Square, N.Y. MARGUERITE MANDERIOLI, née
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Paramus Teen Learning Leadership Skills
Cassie Stone, a Paramus High School sophomore, has been selected to participate in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) Leadership Seminar in June at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. During the weekend, Cassie will join other HOBY Ambassadors from New Jersey in presenting multiple viewpoints on important issues and identifying their own particular leadership strengths. These seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores from public and private high schools to interact with leaders in business, gov-
Seat Belt Usage Applauded
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Hackensack University Medical Center congratulated students from 24 Bergen County high schools who participated in the High School Traffic Safety Challenge.
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Cassie Stone ernment, education, media and the non-profit sector to discuss current and future issues. After their HOBY program, ambassadors are challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of volunteer community service.
Memorial School Author-Illustrators
Students in Maureen Mohn’s class at Memorial School in Paramus are learning to become authors and illustrators. Pictured: Principal Laverne O’Boyle with first grader Takuya Taira, who wrote a book about seahorses, and Mason Merkle.
Paramus Teacher Joins TEDx
Heather Corey, a Paramus High School art teacher, was recently selected to be a part of TEDxHobokenWomen. Corey was among a dozen speakers from across the nation at the event. She worked from a blank canvas throughout the day, and unveiled her finished piece at the end of the conference. Corey is an artist inspired by the feminine form and Parisian glamour who channels her
The Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Injury Prevention Section of the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center recently hosted the High School Traffic Safety Challenge Awards ceremony for student representatives and teachers from 24 Bergen County high schools. This
program was developed by the Drive Smart Foundation and funded by a grant from State Farm. “We are very proud of the high schools that participated in this Traffic Safety Challenge,” said Meliam Gonzales, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator at HackensackUMC. “The
challenge is a friendly competition between local high schools designed to increase seatbelt usage.” Hackensack High was among the schools accepting plaques for their continued commitment to trauma prevention and community education.
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Heather Corey love for assembled textures with handmade paper.
Jump Rope for Heart
East Brook Middle School of Paramus participated in the 12th annual Jump Rope for Heart event sponsored by American Heart Association on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Students raised money for roughly four weeks prior to the event, reaching a total of approximately $1,300. On the day of the event, physical education classes competed in a jump rope activity known as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” which re-
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Pinewood Derby Preparations
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quires students to work as a group to complete various challenges that
progressively get more difficult.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 5, sponsored by Holy Trinity Church of Hackensack, recently prepared for the Pinewood Derby by having their car bodies cut out by Cubmaster Jim Sepp. The derby is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31 at the former Holy Trinity School auditorium. Pictured: Sam Sanchez, Liam Hill, Jim Sepp, Burton Oh and William Wieskus.
Paramus Grads Offer Advice
Ridge Ranch Scavenger Hunt
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Yuki Ito, Soham Shukla, Alex Lin, Colleen Finnegan, Jenn Pagliaro, Vana Ekmekjian, Jamie Held, Scott Cameron and Zarna Patel. On Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, Paramus High School hosted its fourth annual alumni panel attended by more than 25 graduates who offered some advice to members of the Class of 2014. In order to prepare the current seniors and help them to better understand what lies ahead, the former students shared their own college experiences. Topics discussed included dorm life, majors/ minors, activities/athletics, workload, time management, financial issues, accessing assistance and school policies.
Majestic Temple Holiday Fun
Diane Fogel’s fourth grade enrichment students at Ridge Ranch School of Paramus recently used secret codes and sent their fellow students on a spy decoding mission to find all the hidden scavenger hunt clues in the school.
Legion Selects Best Orators
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Anne Li, Sharon Liu, Melanie Spector, Rafael Diaz-Granados, Jacob Lazar, Moustata Abdelaziz, Simran Kaur, Amin Khan of Hackensack, Keisha Lozano, Gabriela Hasaj and Viki Leibow. The Bergen County American Legion held its 2014 Oratorical Contest on Jan. 12 at Rochelle Park American Legion Post 1709 where 11 contestants representing four posts competed. The winner was Viki Leibow of Leonia. In second place was Anne Li, last year’s winner, of Washington Township. Third place went to Jacob Lazar from Leonia. Next month, Viki will head to the District 1 contest at Post 170.
Majestic Temple 215 of Hackensack hosted its annual children’s Christmas party on Dec. 21. Santa made a special appearance and handed out gifts to all in attendance. The event was chaired by Daughter Allicyn Evans and Daughter Ruler Elsie Brown. Pictured: Brown with the children and Santa.
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Women’s Club Celebrates 50 Years
The Teaneck-Englewood and Vicinity Club of the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs has started off the 2014 New Year with giving. The club is in the middle of its “50 Reasons to Give” initiative in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1963. The club launched the initiative in November by collecting and donating new and gently used coats to area shelters and the Women’s Rights Information Center. In January, club members donated $10 supermarket gift cards to be distributed to area food pantries. Additionally, the members are assisting in End Hunger initiatives by participating in assembly lines to package 40,000 meals for needy families. Club members will be shedding pounds in Crush the Pounds Weight Loss
Three garages for rent in Hackensack. Convenient location. Call 201-3411851. YMCA Member Service Representatives needed: Upper Welcome Center, must possess excellent customer service skills. Computer literate. Knowledge of Y programs. Heavy phones. Lower Welcome Center, requires excellent interpersonal relationship skills. Greet and check in members and guests. Light clerical duties. Please apply in person at YMCA of Greater Bergen County, 360 Main St., Hackensack or e-mail email@example.com. Piano lessons in my home in Hackensack. Beginners through intermediate. Call 201-489-5695. Spanish conversational one-hour class, $10. Sat. 11 a.m. /Mon. 5 p.m. kids; 7 p.m. adults. Chess Club for kids Sat. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $10. Info. call Sarah Colombani 201-615-2127. House cleaning, excellent house cleaner makes your house beautiful and shiny. Call Donna at 973546-8170.
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The Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson (first row, fourth from left), recipient of the Legacy Award from Galilee United Methodist Church, and Dr. Joyce Baynes (first row, second from right), recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award. Charter members of the Teaneck-Englewood & Vicinity Club Ruth Carolyn Witherspoon and Dr. Elnora Smith, are seated between the awardees, and Club President Cheryl McKay, third row, second from the right. Challenge from January through April 7. Fivemember teams will compete against other community groups and area clubs. The joining fee is $25. In February, the Teaneck-Englewood Club will assemble and donate Valentine’s Day senior goody packs for clients of the Bergen Family Center. The Golden Anniversary Luncheon and Fashion Revue is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Teaneck Marriott Glenpointe. Contact Melanie at 201-615-7369 for tickets or more information. For more information about the club visit www. tevc-nanbpwc.org.
Beggar Needs Forever Home Rotary Accepting Beggar is a domestic Scholarship Applications short hair, male adult cat
The Hackensack Rotary Club provides scholarships of up to $1,500 to high school seniors who are residents of Hackensack and are planning post-secondary education. Scholarship grants are awarded based on the student’s academic record, financial need, educational goals, and service to the school and community. Hackensack High School students may obtain applications from their guidance counselors. All Hackensack resident students may obtain applications on hackensackrotary.org; by writing to Hackensack Rotary, P.O. Box 471, Hackensack, NJ 07602; or calling Tony Marseglia at 201-343-8218. The application deadline is April 1. currently up for adoption at the Bergen County Animal Shelter. Beggar is 8 years old and seems to tolerate other cats and dogs. This senior boy wants to spend his life in a home and not is his cage at the shelter. Can you open your house and heart to him? The Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is located at 100 United Lane, Teterboro. For more information, call
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201-229-4600. There are also many other adoptable animals at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NJ29. html.
Real Estate Trends & Home Improvement
Recent Home Sales
Hackensack Sales 210 Hamilton Place Listed at $244,900. Sold in 190 days at $229,000 on Dec. 27. 217 Catalpa Ave. Listed at $229,000. Sold in 73 days at $229,000 on Dec. 19. 120 Louis St. Listed at $269,500. Sold in 35 days at $250,000 on Jan. 15. 306 Chestnut Ave. Listed at $315,000. Sold in 34 days at $255,000 on Dec. 18. 177 Ross Ave. Listed at $299,000. Sold in 142 days at $285,000 on Dec. 18. 176 Bonhomme St. Listed at $349,000. Sold in 126 days at $330,000 on Jan. 14. 283 Elm Ave. Listed at $399,000. Sold in 20 days at $394,000 on Jan. 16. 333 Sutton Ave. Listed at $429,000. Sold in 50 days at $400,000 on Jan. 13. 256 Second St. Listed at $435,000. Sold in 82 days at $360,000 on Jan. 13. 500 Hamilton Place Listed at $519,000. Sold in 155 days at $481,000 on Jan. 10. 125 Prospect Ave. Unit 17 D Listed at $92,000. Sold in 277 days at $81,500 on Dec. 31. 5 Linden St. Unit 6B Listed at $129,000. Sold in 170 days at $110,000 on Jan. 10. 245 Anderson St. Unit 1D Listed at $125,000. Sold in 171 days at $116,000 on Dec. 30. 461 Heath Place Unit 22 Listed at $137,900. Sold in 52 days at $132,000 on Jan. 2. 10 Orchard St. Unit 1A Listed at $144,900. Sold in 173 days at $140,000 on Dec. 20. 150 Overlook Ave. Unit 7H Listed at $159,000. Sold in 58 days at $147,500 on Jan. 6. 160 Overlook Ave. Unit 4D Listed at $185,000. Sold in 36 days at $175,000 on Dec. 27. 150 Overlook Ave. Unit 6G Listed at $189,900. Sold in 73 days at $177,000 on Dec. 30. 241 Union St. Unit 203 Listed at $227,000. Sold in 27 days at $220,000 on Dec. 27. 326 Prospect Ave. Unit 4A Listed at $225,000. Sold in 192 days at $222,000 on Dec. 28. 290 Anderson St. Unit 4M Listed at $235,000. Sold in 23 days at $225,000 on Jan. 7. 160 Overlook Ave. Unit 8C Listed at $272,900. Sold in 52 days at $272,900 on Jan. 7. 316 Prospect Ave. Unit 5H Listed at $325,000. Sold in 25 days at $315,000 on Dec. 20. 36 Elizabeth St. Listed at $329,000. Sold in 266 days at $300,000 on Dec. 31. 269 Essex St. Listed at $499,000. Sold in 201 days at $450,000 on Dec. 30. Maywood Sales 21 E. Forest Ave. Listed at $429,000. Sold in 26 days at $390,000 on Dec. 27. 661 Palmer Ave. Listed at $294,900. Sold in 22 days at $297,000 on Dec. 20. 55 W. Grove Ave. Listed at $328,800. Sold in 21 days at $315,000 on Dec. 18. 230 Parkway Listed at $365,000. Sold in 81 days at $350,000 on Dec. 20. South Hackensack Sales 16 Jackson Ave. Listed at $290,000. Sold in 89 days at $270,000 on Dec. 30. 81 E. Wesley St. Listed at $278,888. Sold in 68 days at $250,000 on Jan. 13.
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