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Hackensack Loses Big Holiday Game 26-20


By MICHaeL CoHeN After a disappointing loss to Wayne Hills in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 Tournament, the Hackensack High School Comets were looking to finish the season strong against their arch rivals, the Teaneck Highwaymen, in the 81st annual Thanksgiving Day border war between the two football clubs. However, the Highwaymen (3-7) came out with a higher level of intensity, holding off a late Hackensack charge and winning 26-20 at Tom DellaTorre Field in Hackensack. Teaneck came ready to play. They forced Hackensacks offense into a three-and-out on the opening possession
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Hackensacks Kyler Wilkins (No. 5) runs past Teaneck defenders. and then drove the football 61 yards on five plays for the games first score. Teaneck quarterback Elijah Bethea was deadly accurate, hitting Mohammed Berete in stride for a 21-yard gain on Teanecks first play of the day. Later in the drive, Bethea found a wide open tight end, Ibraham Keita, Inside at the Hackensack 30, and the senior dashed up the middle untouched for the touchdown. Before the Comets (5-5)
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a Community Pays Respects Rochelle Park Township Update
By PaTTI MCNaMaRa During the Rochelle Park Township Committee meeting on Nov. 19, Mayor Jay Kovalcik took a moment to reflect on the hurricane that ripped through Rochelle Park and the surrounding areas on Oct. 29. Gratitude was expressed to the fire, police and public works departments, ambulance services, Office of Emergency Management and CERT teams. Committeeman Frank Valenzuela reported that Rochelle Park was in such good shape that workers were able to assist Little Ferry and Moonachie. It was a good feeling to be able to help someone else this time, he said. Township Clerk Ginny DeMaria congratulated the OEM team on its performance. People are coming here to see how we operate. Committeeman Joseph Scarpa and other members of the township committee spoke about their experiences at the American Legions Veterans Day ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 11. Scarpa requested that the township look into refurbishing the bronze plaques in honor of American military veterans at the monument at Memorial School. Valenzuela pledged to work with the Rochelle Park Board of Education and possibly combine the refurbishment of the plaques with the 9-11 memorial that is being planned. During the public portion of the meeting, Samantha Schmunk questioned the committee about rumors that the Rochelle Park Public Library would be merged with that of Maywood. Kovalcik confirmed that Rochelle Park is in discussions with Maywood but nothing has been decided. We are not looking to reduce services to our residents but rather enhance them, he said. We wouldnt do it if it didnt reduce taxes, said Scarpa. The township recently placed an ad for a new director of the Rochelle Park Public Library in case the shared services agreement doesnt work out.

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Clockwise from top left: Former Hackensack mayors Jack Zisa and Mickey DArminio and current Mayor Michael Melfi present Unicos wreath; Timothy Jordan addresses the crowd; and Ernie Keahey and Scouts salute the flag during At precisely 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, the City of Hackensack joined communities across the nation in commemorating Veterans Day with a ceremony at The Green in Hackensack. Ernie Keahey, master of ceremonies, introduced Timothy Jordan, a member of the Hackensack Fire Department and the U.S. Navy and one of Keaheys former Boy Scouts. Jordan, who will retire from both positions in January, spoke about the importance of honoring military veterans. Among those in attendance were Boy Scout Troop 5, which meets at Holy Trinity Church. The members presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Hackensack Mayor Michael Melfi, a military veteran himself, also addressed the crowd and was joined by his fellow council members in presenting a wreath in honor of the day. As a Marine, I feel an obligation to take a moment every year to publicly remember those that have fought for our freedom, said Melfi. This country is built on what these men and women have given to us through their sacrifice. Wreaths were also presented by the Hackensack Fire Department, Hackensack Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Elks, Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce, Troop 5 and others.

Hackensack Council Update


By MICHaeL CoHeN The Hackensack City Councils Nov. 20 meeting was a time to regroup and assess how to move forward from Hurricane Sandy. I think we got it all. All the trees have been taken care of. We got a tub grinder working on reducing the mulch, reported City Manager Steve Lo Iacono of the clean-up efforts. We are back to doing what we do normally at this time of the year. We had some damage to one of our fire houses which was flooded out, and we are getting estimates on that. One of the big issues during the storm was Hackensacks lack of a proper emergency operations center, which the city had been working on establishing prior to the storm. Plans call for the center to be located on the second floor of the Hackensack Civic Center where leaders of the police and fire departments would join emergency medical services personnel to plan out how to respond to a disaster such as Sandy. A date of completion has not been announced. In regular meeting business, the council approved a bond ordinance to purchase communications equipment that will be used by the fire and police departments, department of public works, volunteer ambulance corps and building department. The council also amended its traffic ordinance to include booting. Motorists who are booted will be fined up to $500 for a first offense, up to $2,500 for a second offense.

Unwanted Maywood Houseguests arrested


On Nov. 17, Maywood police received a call from a homeowner on Briarcliff Avenue reporting that two people were sleeping in an abandoned house he owned. The suspects fled the house and were last seen traveling toward Paramus. Maywood Police Officers John Lynch and William Phayre located the suspected squatters, Daniella Varella, 30, and Jeremy Ellis, 34, both of Elmwood Park, and arrested them on Route 17 South in Paramus. Both were charged with criminal trespass.

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Town News
Police Director Sought
The Hackensack City Council approved the hiring of a civilian police director during a recent public meeting where all five council members agreed to amend the citys ordinance regarding the structure of the police department. This new ordinance allows for the hiring of a director to lead the force if there is a vacancy in the position of chief or if the city manager anticipates that the chief will be unable to perform his or her duties for a period exceeding 90 days. Interim Chief Tomas Padilla has announced that he will retire effective Feb. 1, 2013. City Manager Steve Lo Iacono is hopeful that he will have hired a police director by Padillas retirement date. The police director will directly report to the city manager. The ordinance does not delineate the salary guidelines nor does it offer a timetable for when the position will be filled. Throughout the state, police directors earn between $100,000 and $160,000. The ordinance does, however, state that the position will be only for one year. After the year is complete, the contract can be extended only by council resolution. The creation of a police director gives the city manager an additional option in ensuring the police department has no gap in leadership, said Mayor Michael Melfi. The city has already advertised the post on the League of Municipalities Web site and applicants immediately responded. An ad also appeared in the Star Ledger. The requirements for the police director: police experience, administrative experience over 75 people or more and good communication and management skills.

Hackensack School Board Update


By PaTTI MCNaMaRa At the Hackensack Board of Educations Nov. 12 meeting at Hackensack High School, Wendy Lamparelli, the lead nurse for the school district, presented the schools nursing plan. The district currently employs eight certified school nurses and one non-certified school nurse. Lamparelli reported that last school year the nurses treated and assessed more than 26,000 students. Lamparelli also reminded the board that the nurses also treat the districts 900 staff members as needed. Lamparelli urged parents to make their teachers aware of any student health issues from day one of a new school year. Hackensack Middle School Principal Dave Petrella next made a presentation about his schools daily functions. He explained that he oversees two diverse school buildings whose operations were recently melded into one large school serving all fifth through eighth graders in the city. Petrella introduced four of his students - Kyle Witherspoon, Kiara Ocasio, Simon Seal and Iris Ocasio - from the Gifted and Talented Program. They presented a robot they developed and were entering into a competition. The youngsters spoke of core values, teamwork, respect and team spirit. I am as proud as I can be of you, Petrella told his students. Petrella explained that his school is completely departmentalized with each core subject being taught by a teacher certified in that area. Each grade follows the team concept with team meetings scheduled four times a month and grade level counselors to discuss each students performance. Content meetings take place twice a month with administrators discussing what areas of the curriculum are being taught. Petrella said the culture

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Students in the Hackensack Middle Schools gifted and talented program showed off their robot to the school board members. and climate of the school has changed in recent years with the teachers becoming more attuned to their students needs. There has been a reduction in out-of-school and in-school suspensions. Petrella also spoke about parents concerns about overcrowding. It is projected that the middle schools enrollment will grow for the 2013-14 school year. He said the district is currently evaluating the benefits of an eightperiod day to alleviate class sizes. Superintendent Joseph Abate spoke about kindergarten enrollment, explaining that the State of New Jersey has set a 25-student limit in a classroom. If the number exceeds the maximum, there must be an additional aide for every five students over the limit. Fairmount School currently has 26 kindergarteners in one class. If no parent volunteers to switch his or her child to another school, Abate said the district would have to resort to the last one in, first out policy. Abate also touched on the recent stalking/luring incidents in Bergen County and how the district responded. Principals addressed the kids, teachers held discussions with the kids, Web sites were updated with tips, etc., and the police department will be holding assemblies on safety, said Abate. Abate identified many security issues when he came onboard last December, and the district funded the improvements. There is now a single point of entry at each school building, locks have been changed, gates have been installed and everyone is following the security procedures, he said. The Hackensack Middle School is hosting a Barnes & Noble Night on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at the Shops at Riverside. When buying an item on those days, guests should visit the service desk and alert staffers that the purchase is part of the middle school event. Finally, Board President Veronica Bolcik-McKenna allowed an attorney for Melanie Alston-Balaputra to address the board. AlstonBalaputra, a district employee, took a leave of absence to further her education but the board ruled that the leave was not approved and she may lose her position. Her attorney argued that the leave was approved by Abate and urged the board to take no action, referencing the situation as both unfortunate and tragic. Alston-Balaputra is currently attending college classes while working in the Newark public school district as a teacher. No one said she couldnt work in another district, argued her attorney. In response, Hackensacks school board attorney simply said, You will be advised.

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By PaTTI MCNaMaRa Dozens gathered at Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Atlantic Street in Hackensack on Nov. 11 for the 15th annual Veterans Appreciation Service. The service began with the church choir performing a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Black National Anthem, before a crowd comprised of members of each branch of the U.S. armed forces. Veteran John Rogers spoke of being in Vietnam with bombs bursting and praying through the night that your number was not called. The group then prayed for all veterans, both living and deceased. We are all soldiers in Gods Army and we fight until the end, Rogers continued. Those who survived combat, God is still blessing you and those who didnt survive, we need to pray for them. Yvonne Entzminger, a member of the choir, performed a solo for the crowd. Her son recently received a proclamation from the president for his dedication to the military. Rhonda Cardwell presented

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the history of the Varick Veterans of Faith Ministry, which was founded in 1999 with the church simply recognizing all veterans at church services. Jeanette Lane read a resolution that was adopted by the NAACP in April 2009 calling for the recognition of all black veterans as they have fought in all wars. The resolution spoke about how black soldiers were mistreated and not offered medical attention. Black soldiers were treated as second class citizens, and when they came home, and they couldnt wear their uniforms or chance being killed, read Lane, adding that blacks faced the worst fight of their

lives right at home. The Varick Veterans of Faith Ministry recognized Harriet Tubman, who was born a slave in 1821. She later became a conductor on the Underground Railroad and is said to have rescued more than 300 soldiers from slavery. Nathaniel Briggs, the ministrys chairman, suggested elevating this warrior to a five star general. Finally, recognition was given to women in the military, fallen veterans and their widows and widowers and visiting veterans. In closing, the Victory Choir performed several moving and patriotic pieces.

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Hurricane Sandy Devastates Hackensack
suspect was apprehended as he attempted to burglarize a property. Just as the area was beginning to return to normal, a Noreaster hit on Nov. 7 and again wreaked havoc with the power situation, causing additional outages. Before, during and after Sandy arrived, residents invested in generators to provide heat and electricity to their homes, but the generators brought their own problems. People werent able to purchase gas to keep the generators working because service stations werent powered or out of gas. Those inexperienced with generators also suffered problems with carbon monoxide entering the home and causing detectors to activate. By Nov. 11, nearly two weeks after the storm, 99 percent of New Jersey residents had their power restored.

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A development company known as Bergen Passaic LTACH filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court in Hackensack on Nov. 7, seeking to overturn the citys rejection of its building proposal. LTACH filed an application before the Hackensack Zoning Board to erect a 24-story building on Prospect Avenue, between Golf Place and Berry Street. The structure was to be used as a long-term acute care facility with a dialysis unit an adult medical day care. There were 23 zoning hearings during the application process as well as several revisions to the original plans. The developers reduced the number of stories from 24 to 19 and the height of the building from 276 feet to 227. The developers argued that although the neighborhood was not zoned for this type of facility, there was a need for the service in Bergen County. During the course of the hearings, the meeting room was packed with concerned neighbors objecting to the plan. After hearing testimony from all sides, the zoning board denied the application. Hackensack City Attorney Joseph Zisa said the city would defend itself against the developers lawsuit and defend the zoning board members decision. We will defend ourselves with the same vigor and resolve that the city defended and won litigation when a developer attempted to build a high-rise structure above railroad tracks on Prospect Avenue.

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Tree down near the esplanade in Hackensack. From downed wires and toppled trees to stranded motorists and damaged homes, the effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt nearly one month later. Sandy, which slammed the East Coast on Oct. 29, left thousands of homes and businesses in the Hackensack area without power, heat, telephone and cable service for more than a week. It also killed a 70-year-old man who was swept away by water. In the days before the super storm, the citys department of public works preemptively removed dead branches on trees. Residents and businesses were asked to voluntarily evacuate flood prone areas, and Hackensacks police and fire departments increased their numbers to avert problems. Yet Sandys wrath was stronger than anyone had imagined. The storm was blamed for the death of a senior citizen who drove into deep water, attempted to get out of the vehicle and drowned. The flooding was most severe along River, Hudson and Main streets. According to fire personnel in Hackensack, nearly 100 rescues were made in the Hudson Street area alone. Displaced residents were transported to the Hackensack Civic Center for temporary shelter and then sent to the county shelter were they were offered meals and medical attention. According to City Manager Steve Lo Iacono, roughly 100 toppled or damaged trees were removed by the DPW and another 150 trees were handled by an outside contractor hired by the city. PSE&G had to remove fallen electrical wires before many of the trees could be removed. The power company called in the help of linemen and tree cutters from numerous other states to help with the massive destruction caused by the hurricane yet the restoration took much longer than many had hoped. In many cases, nearly one week was spent in the dark. It is estimated that close to 80 percent of Hackensack was without power at some point during the hurricane and subsequent storm. Lo Iacono complimented the hard work of every city employee, referring to all emergency services personnel from the police and fire to the building department to DPW employees. Lo Iacono added that some of the fixes were temporary and may need further work. However, there were others who werent so good-natured. Nine burglaries were reported in the days following the storm and there were a few looting attempts, police said. In one instance, Mayor Michael Melfi was assessing the damage with Fire Chief Tom Freeman when they noticed someone behaving suspiciously. They called in a description to police headquarters and the

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lection center. From there, the items were distributed to Hurricane Sandy victims in South Almost immediately after Jersey and Long Island. Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast on Oct. 29, local Hackensack University municipalities, businesses, Medical Center provided non-profit agencies and groups emergency assistance to nuof neighbors mobilized to help merous communities throughthose in need. out the state and deployed The Borough of Maywood New Jersey Mobile Satelpartnered with the Maywood lite Emergency Department Youth Athletic Association, (NJ-MSED) units to Bergen, Hudson, Ocean and Somerthe Maywood Board of Educaset counties, in conjunction tion, the boroughs department with the NJ-EMS Task Force. of public works, fire departHackensackUMC sent a team ment and the Maywood Fire to provide training and support Police to conduct a food and for medical, information techclothing drive on Nov. 3 and 4. nology and plant operations staff to Long Beach Medical Center after that facility suffered extensive flood damage. Members of Hackensack Police Benevolent Association Local 9 collected more than four tons of clothing, canned goods and household items at Johnson Park on Nov. 9. Food collected will replenish Hackensack food pantries. Photo Courtesy: Jim Montesano Prospect Heights Care CenHackensack High School students helped with donater in Hackensack opened its tions for victims of Hurricane Sandy. By Joy BeLGIoVeNe An overwhelming amount of items were collected, including non-perishable food, pet food, toiletries, baby formula, diapers and cleaning supplies. The donations were brought to several locations: Helping Hands Ministry of Sacred Heart Church in Rochelle Park, the Midland Park Senior Center (which served as a drop-off center for the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management), a school in Little Ferry, the Bergen County Department of Human Services in Lodi, the Hackensack Elks and a Ridgefield Park coldoors to local residents evacuated from neighboring nursing homes. Staff members worked day and night to ensure the care and safety of its residents and even hosted an annual Halloween celebration. Hackensack High School students Sam Irvine, Kelly Huie and Emily Irvine recently facilitated the donation of clothes, supplies and food for families in need due to Hurricane Sandy. The students drove to the Letters from Home headquarters in St Mary, Pa. to pick up countless donations and non-perishable items, which were later delivered to Jersey Shore residents. The Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce launched the Meadowlands Basket Brigade, led by the contractors and building services committee, to assemble and deliver more than 300 Thanksgiving food baskets to residents of Moonachie and Little Ferry. The U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Fed-

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Frank Cavallo, Jim Luther, Jimmy Dalton, John Herrmann, Rob Ghiradi and Nick ortiz (rear). eral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers federal aid to state residents. Applications are available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) has set up a business recovery center in downtown Hackensack to help business owners obtain disaster relief loans. The filing deadline for physical property damage is Dec. 31, 2012. The deadline for economic injury loan applications is July 31, 2013. Contact the SBA Customer Service at 1-800-6592955 or visit www.sba.gov/ services/disasterassisistance. The Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free program, Disaster Recovery for Business, on Dec. 6 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Ciarco Learning Center at 355 Main St., Hackensack. The guest speaker will be Cynthia Cowell of the SBA. RSVP at the chamber at 201-489-3700.

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The Novemberfest luncheon, an annual tradition that has spanned many decades, garnered one of its largest crowds to date on Nov. 20 when roughly 250 Hackensack seniors gathered at the citys recreation center

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Bergen County residents donated their time cleaning up rivers, woods and roadside areas. By JULIaNN WeSToN A diverse group of Bergen County residents, students, teachers, business owners and community groups gathered early on Saturday, Oct. 27 ready to grab a broom, shovel and trash bag to support Hackensacks annual fall clean-up event, known as Make a Difference Day. The goal of the event is more than simply cleaning up around town. Coordinated in conjunction with the Hands On Network, which is supported by Newmans Own and featured in the USA Weekend magazine, the national movement is a time for families and concerned citizens to come together and generate a positive atmosphere while learning to preserve the environment. This years volunteers gathered at Javas Brewin on Main Street to sign in, grab a cup of coffee and fuel up with a continental breakfast donated by caf owner Lakhi Sangtani. They then collected some work materials and headed out across Hackensack. John Spadafino, a Hackensack High School teacher and representative of the Goin Green Club, brought his own army of young volunteers. Its a meaningful experience because this is their community, and for them to participate in cleaning it up and not pointing fingers of blame and actually taking some responsibility for the community is a learning experience. In addition to the Goin Green Club, many teams of volunteers from previous years joined newcomers. Groups included St. Anthony of Padua Church Youth Group, Padre Pio Academy, Fairleigh Dickinson University Green Team, Hackensack Boy Scout Troop 5 and Pack 5, New Mercy Community Church, Friends of Borgs Woods, Hackensack Middle School with teacher Linda Flynn, Bergen County Community Service, NJ Transit, Habitat for Humanity and SOAR (Steering Out Alcohol Responsibility). I love working throughout the community through SOAR, said club member Jonathan Cedeno. Its really a cool program that offers a lot of leadership opportunities and great events. Uniformed in T-shirts donated and designed by Garfield printer Maria Gomez-Davenport of Design Advantage, the cleaning crews covered areas such as the FDU river walk, Borgs Woods, Hudson, Main and Salem streets. The Rev. Brian Laffler of St. Anthony Church brought a team of parishioners ready to make a difference. I think this is a great example of how Hackensack and the surrounding communities come together to make the city we live in better, said Ralph Contini, a church member. It gives us the opportunity to be a positive witness in our neighborhood, added Laffler. The exhausting but exhilarating morning ended with a hardy lunch donated by Hackensack Elks Lodge No. 658. At the lodge, volunteers were treated to hot dogs, sandwiches, ice cream and refreshments. The first ever Make A Difference Golden Broom Award was also presented to the team that made the biggest impact. Were excited about the Golden Broom Award. We want to recognize the group whos done the most in the day, said Charlotte Panny, the events lead organizer and city representative. The honor went to the youth group from the Main Streetbased New Mercy Community Church whose members donned orange safety vests and covered a huge swath of Hackensack territory including Marginal Road and the Route 80 overpass. Many of the people who attended were new and were surprised by how much trash was on the grounds of Hackensack, said Jennifer Woo, a church representative, after the event. Even after we finished, I kept hearing, Wow, all I can see is the trash on the ground now, and I want to keep picking it up. I am very thankful that our group was able to participate in the clean up once again. The day was made possible by a state Department of Environmental Protection Clean Communities grant along with donations from the City of Hackensack, Slam Dunk the Junk, Hackensack Riverkeeper, Bergen County the Arbor Day Society and others.

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By MICHaeL CoHeN At just 26 years old, Kevin Brock has already accomplished more than most do in a lifetime. A star on the Hackensack High School varsity football team in the early 2000s, Brock played for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights from 2007 to 2008 and was an undrafted free agent signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2009. Since that time, Brock has moved around a good deal, serving on the practice squads for the Panthers, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders and playing alongside NFL stars Ray Rice and Kenny Britt as a tight end. But it wasnt until 2011 that Brock finally got his big break. As a member of the Buffalo Bills, Brock caught two passes for 27 yards during a regular season game. It was an amazing experience to be a part of the NFL and feel that all of my hard work paid off, Brock said. To serve as an example of the power of hard work and dedication, Brock was invited back to his old stomping grounds on Nov. 16 to speak with eighth graders from the Hackensack Middle School, Padre Pio Academy and those from the Hackensack High School sending districts. Brock served as the keynote speaker of the Eighth Grade Leadership Conference hosted by the Hackensack Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse (HAPADA) in conjunction with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources at Ciarco Learning Center on Main Street. This was the 17th year for the conference, which focuses on developing leadership skills in eighth graders, educating them on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and encouraging students to act with more respect around their peers. On hand to help with the presentation were student leaders from Students Against Violence and Victims of Youth (SAVVY) and Steering Out Alcohol
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By PaTTI MCNaMaRa Harleys Irish Pub once again invited the less fortunate to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast complete with all the trimmings plus warm clothing and blankets. Harleys, a neighborhood landmark on River Street in Hackensack, has hosted the annual free holiday event for more than two decades. Restaurateur Patrick Harley remembers being approached years ago by an organization requesting the use of his restaurant, which used to be closed on Thanksgiving, to feed the hungry. It was then that he decided to open his doors to anyone in need each Thanksgiving Day. Preparations begin days before the event, which typically draws more than 100 homeless or disadvantaged people. The restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. for free coffee and soup, and by 11 a.m., the volunteers start serving full Thanksgiving meals to anyone who shows up. Turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing and other traditional foods fill the plates that are served by volunteers who come back year after year

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eagle Scout Jerico Rilla demonstrated map reading skills to members of Hackensack Boy Scout Troop 5 during a recent Friday night meeting at Holy Trinity Schools gym. Pictured, front: Jacob Salerno, alex Helpap, Jerico Rilla, Marty Romines and Nick Adams; and back, Paul DelVechio, Dante Benipayo and John Romines.

Patrick Harley (second from right) and his volunteer kitchen crew. to help. Harley said that most volunteers are his loyal customers, and, over the years, they have started bringing their teenage and adult children to help. It is an eye-opener for the youth to see that there are so many people in dire straits right here, said Harley. There is never a shortage of volunteers. With full stomachs, diners retreated to the pubs parking lot where they found tables piled high with donations of clothing, coats and blankets, along with other miscellaRecent Paramus High School graduate Shannen Siramarco won Best in the Fest for her film The Shadows in the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival. The annual Fort Lee Film Commission festival was held on Nov. 10 at Media Mix Studios in Allendale. The film was originally created for Dennis Dalelios video class at Paramus High last year. neous items for their choosing. Harley said he receives many donations from Grace Lutheran Church in River Edge and Bogart Memorial Church in Bogota. The Bergen Irish Womens Auxiliary also runs a blanket drive, which provides the new blankets that are distributed on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, the generosity has become so great that Harley has requested that no donations be delivered before Thanksgiving Eve due to lack of storage space. As Harley stood in the parking lot overseeing the giveaway, he noted that there was a lower turnout than in years past. He said he would like to believe that there are less homeless but knows that other organizations are now hosting similar events. As people walked out of the restaurant with a to-go bag, which contained another full meal, some stopped to thank the kindhearted owner for his generosity. In his signature Irish brogue, Harley wished each guest a Happy Thanksgiving and thanked them for stopping by.

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With the help of Principal Cara Hurd of Rochelle Parks Midland School, John Califano, an eighth grader, recently gathered friends and family to clean up garbage in the school field. John, patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 114, and his crew worked for hours picking up fallen tree limbs and debris. They collected everything in one area to make for an easy pickup by the department to of public works.

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istrator William DeFabiis, named eighth grader Natalie Alpizar as Memorial Schools Student of the First Marking Period. Natalie was chosen because she earned second honors on her report card and because she acts as a positive force in her class and in her school. Natalie is a student council officer, safety patrol volunteer, soccer manager, cheerleader and a performer in the school play.

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First graders at Ridge Ranch School of Paramus dressed up as pilgrims and american Indians on Nov. 20 to enjoy an annual pre-Thanksgiving feast prepared by the parents.

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Volunteer Trip of a Lifetime
I hope everyone will mark their calendars now for the trip of a lifetime. Maywood Rotarys Kenya Project team will make its seventh trip to the Maasai Mara in Kenya to volunteer at the groups second adopted school, and the public is invited to come along. The dates of the next trip are July 12 through July 22, 2013. What a wonderful opportunity to see this exotic part of the world accompanied by many seasoned veterans who are familiar with the area. Volunteers will experience great joy in knowing that they are helping families educate their children. There will also be plenty of time for safaris and to explore the natural beauty that is the Mara. This is a chance to really bond with family members. In the past, volunteers traveled with their children and grandchildren. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Applications may be downloaded by visiting www. maywoodrotarykenyaproject.org. The estimated cost per person is $4,300 plus $220 single supplement. Do not hesitate. Kevin Williams, Project Chairman, Maywood Rotary Club Kenya Project The American Sokol of Little Ferry would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the flood damage to our hall on Main Street. A very special thanks goes to volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Blaine and Jonathon Cooper from Newburgh, Ind., and Albert Lego from Lincoln Street in Little Ferry. American Sokol has been teaching children gymnastics for 116 years. Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation for the replacement of our furnace and restoration of our building may make it payable to American Sokol of Little Ferry, C/O Blanche Bidnick, 479 Grove St., Clifton, NJ 07013. Joyce Nasta President, American Sokol Little Ferry

Small Town Working Together


It is with great pride that I am able to inform all residents of Rochelle Park of the outstanding effort of our emergency management team. The Rochelle Park Office of Emergency Management held its first Hurricane Sandy briefing on the Friday prior to the storm. All emergency service department heads, Midland School leaders, Helping Hands Ministry and other key personnel were in attendance. OEM daily briefings were held throughout the weekend in hopes of minimizing the impact this super storm would have on our residents while keeping our first responders safe. Fire Headquarters was transformed into an emergency operations center with computers and large screen projection monitors constantly keeping an eye on the track Sandy was taken. The police force relocated its radio communications room from 151 West Passaic St. to the second floor of the EMS building. The relocation of police dispatch included five additional telephone lines, all radio equipment and computers. A trailer was also relocated to the parking lot of Midland School and became the secondary police headquarters for the duration of the incident. As a precaution the teachers lounge at Midland School was transformed into a secondary emergency operations center equipped with a television monitor, computer equipment and all logistical needs in case it was necessary to evacuate the fire house as was done last year during Hurricane Irene. The school gym was also set up as our evacuation reception-shelter area by our CERT team. Our department of public works brought in tons of gravel that was placed around fire headquarters, the pump station, gas pumps and radio tower as a makeshift levee. This precaution was necessary based on lessons learned from Hurricane Irene. Irenes surge was so great that flood waters broke through the levees and flooded our OEM command post at the fire house. Early Monday evening, as 80-mile-per-hour winds of Hurricane Sandy started to impact our township, we were beginning to see the severity of this storm. Calls started coming in about large trees falling on homes, taking down power lines, causing widespread blackouts, starting fires and blocking roadways throughout the township. Without hesitation our police, fire, DPW and emergency medical services units continued to respond to each situation. The DPW responded with heavy equipment to move trees to the side to keep roadways clear for emergency vehicles. Police, Fire and emergency medical units responded to countless calls for assistance in extreme weather conditions. The command and control aspect of our response was flawless as was that of our men and women in the field. Every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of the residents and first responders. Several reverse 9-1-1 telephone calls, texts and e-mails were sent to all township residents. These alerts had important information on the impact this super storm was having on our area. EMS personnel took proactive steps evacuating a resident on life support equipment from the home to an alternate site as the power failures continued to darken our community. Our police chief determined that additional officers would be needed and a call was placed to the Bergen County Sheriff for extra manpower. Shortly after the call was made, every street in Rochelle Park was being patrolled by law enforcement officers. The Hackensack Fire Department requested a fire department boat to assist with evacuations in their city, and we felt comfortable to release one of our resources to assist. The boat was dispatched and placed immediately in service, evacuating residents along the Hackensack River. Several hours later, the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management requested that our boat respond and assist with the rescue of trapped firefighters in Carlstadt and Moonachie. Firefighters in these municipalities found themselves cut off and trapped by the sudden flash flood conditions. The Rochelle Park boat was immediately redirected to assist with this rescue as well as in Little Ferry where civilians were trapped. As an extremely large number of residents were being evacuated to a staging area along Route 46, it became evident that a permanent shelter needed to be established. The Rochelle Park CERT team was once again called upon to establish shelter operations in Teterboro. Our CERT team and the sheriffs officers unpacked and set up more than 200 cots, blankets and pillows. They registered more than 200 evacuated residents and were quick to determine that numerous evacuees had special medical needs. A medical shelter area was established, and those with medical needs were evaluated by nurses and emergency medical technicians who were standing by. Those who evacuated with their pets were housed separately from the remaining evacuees. Some of our CERT team volunteers remained at this shelter for more than 32 continuous hours, providing valuable updated information to the evacuees as well as a comforting shoulder to cry on. As the days continued and we shifted from emergency response to recovery, we were faced with several new challenges. Gas and diesel fuel became a priority. All of our emergency response vehicles as well as the sanitary pump station are dependent on diesel and gasoline, so we developed a plan that included gas rationing for all emergency vehicles. It was a pleasure to work with the many professionals that represent our township during this incident. All department heads and support staff knew what the impacts of this super storm would bring and responded accordingly. It has been said that our emergency management team is like a library, not any one book has all the answers, but collectively we can solve any problem. This was truly the case in dealing with Hurricane Sandy. This in itself is the best example of a small town coming together with the right people in the right place working together for a common goal. Pete Donatello Emergency Management Coordinator Rochelle Park

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Each year since 2002, the Maywood Station Museum has released a limited edition holiday ornament. This years ornament is a silverpolished metal angel with sparkling beveled crystals on the front and Maywood Station Museum lettering laser-etched on the back. The ornament is 3 inches high by 2 inches wide. The 2012 ornaments are available for $6 apiece at Maywood Station on the museums open house dates or by mail order at www.maywoodstation.com. Ornaments are also available

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Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin was recently joined by Councilman elie y. Katz and Paul ostrow, both former mayors, in honoring Teaneck Library Director Michael McCue for his hard work and dedication to the township. McCue has led the library for 25 years. Pictured: Hameeduddin, McCue, Katz and ostrow.
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The Hackensack High School girls varsity soccer team coached by Tara Jakubik held its annual Senior Night on Nov. 12. Although Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the girls last few games, Jakubik did not want to lose the tradition. On Senior Night, the 12th graders on the varsity team played the younger players. Before the game kicked off,

the Hackensack Royals girls team escorted the seniors to the center of the field where their parents presented them with gifts. At the end of the night, the underclassmen had defeated the seniors, 3 - 1. Pictured: Senior members of the girls varsity team; and Savannah LoVecchio, a varsity player, and Alexis Carillo performing the national anthem.

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The Catholic War Veterans of our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Paramus held a Veterans Day poster contest where fifth and sixth graders at Visitation academy were asked to depict their appreciation of the men and women of the U.S. military.
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knew it, they had their backs right up against the wall. A 30yard pass by Bethea was complete to Teanecks Devaunte Locadia, who beat single coverage down the sideline for a first down inside Comet territory. Bethea found Locadia again for an eight-yard gain, converting a huge third down at the Comet 14-yard line. Finally, Lee carried Teaneck to a two-score lead, with a six-yard dash with 1:55 to go in the first quarter. In his last start as quarterback, senior Brandon Davis heaved a pass down field to Justin Wimberly, a fellow senior and son of Coach Benjie Wimberly. He beat his man to haul in a 38-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Teaneck lead to 14-7. Fast forward to the second quarter, and the Hackensack comeback was in full effect. The Comets pounded the football on the ground with the

Hackensack running back Michael Cummings tries to block Teaneck linebacker Devante Hicks during a play. combination of Reco Facey and Lemar Thomas for 41 yards before Facey bulled his way into the end zone for the score. The attempted extra point was blocked, preserving a 14-13 lead for Teaneck. Bethea connected with Berete for a last second, 28-yard touchdown catch as time expired in the first half, extending Teanecks lead, 20-13. Trailing 26-13 in the fourth quarter, the Comets needed to make some big plays offensively if they were to have any chance of coming from behind to win. Davis put the Comets on his back, leading them on a six-play, 63-yard scoring drive, highlighted by another Hail Mary touchdown pass to Wimberly, this one from 40 yards out on third and nine, cutting the Teaneck lead to 6. After Hackensack forced Teaneck to turn the ball over on downs, the Comets began their charge. First, Marvin Parker carried the rock three times for 11 yards before Davis took off with the ball himself for a 20-yard gain to get into Teaneck territory. However, the momentum would soon wane for Hackensack. The Comets failed to convert a third and six at the Teaneck 20, forcing Coach Wimberly to make a decision on fourth down. Either kick the ball, punt it and try to pin Teaneck at their own goal line or go for it. Hackensack decided to go for it, but Davis was dragged down and sacked to force a turnover on downs with 3:38 to play. Hackensack would get one last shot to win the game with 1:03 to go. Davis took off to his right for a 14-yard gain to move the ball to the Teaneck 23. Davis found Wimberly again for 11 yards and a first down and goal at the 10. With 12 seconds remaining, Davis tried to throw one more pass to Wimberly in the corner of the end zone, but the pass was picked off by Alijah Harris, preserving the Teaneck victory.

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aT THe LIBRaRIeS JoHNSoN LIBRaRy LIBRaRy CLoSeD Dec. 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1. GaLLeRy aND CaSeS: Happy Holidays! CHRISTIaN JaMeS KRIeGeSKoTTe IN CoNCeRT Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. PLay DeVeLoPMeNT WoRKSHoPS Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. for those interested in writing plays for the theater. Presented by AIM Theatre Workshop. Additional workshops TBA. Free and open to the public. Visit atworkshop.vpweb.com. SaNTaS eReaDeR GUIDe Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. There are so many options. Let the library help you make a smart decision on what is best for you or for your gift list. Pre-registration required. CoMING IN JaNUaRy What Have You to Lose? with Nancy Ellson, RN, on Wednesdays from 10 11 a.m. on Jan. 2, 9, 23, 30. Focus on weight loss. INSPeCT yoUR GaDGeT every Thursday from 11 noon. for smart phones, tablets, NOOKs, Kindles and more. Bring the device and the manual and they will help you use it more efficiently. BeaDING CLaSS with Babs and Barb for parent/guardian and child, 2nd 6th grade, $5. Dec. 5 from 7 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. FRIDay aFTeRNooN aT THe MoVIeS Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. Call the library for film information. BooK DISCUSSIoN GRoUP Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at Javas Brewin. The book will be The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. Call 201-343-4781. PReSCHooL SToRyHoURS For ages 3 and up on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. MoTHeR GooSe TIMe for children under 3 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration required. SPeCIaL NeeDS SToRy HoUR Dec. 12 at 9:15 a.m. HaNNUKaH SToRy HoUR Dec. 12, 3:30 4:30 p.m. HaNNUKaH CRaFT Dec. 13, 3:30 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. CHRISTMaS SToRy HoUR Dec. 17 at 3:30 4:30 p.m. CHRISTMaS CRaFT Dec. 20, 3:30 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. KWaNZaa SToRy HoUR Dec. 26 from 3:30 4:30 p.m. KWaNZaa CRaFT Dec. 27 from 3:30 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. VIDeo GaMe CLUB Dec. .5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Junior Department. Grades 4 6 only. No pre-registration required. TeCH TIMe Dec. 6 and 10 For Grades 3 5. Monday, Pre-registration required. SaTURDay MoVIeS at 2 p.m. Call the library for details. LeGo Day Dec. 4, 2:30 4:30 p.m. for grades 2 and up. Pre-registration required. HoLIDay TRee DeCoRaTING Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. for grades 2 and up. Make a decoration for the library tree and one for yourself. TeeN TUeSDayS from 3:15 4:30 p.m. For grades 7 12 only. Dec. 4, movie from 1:15 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Kinect Adventures, Internet and board games. Dec. 18, Dance Dance Revolution (socks required), and 3D snowflake craft. Bring your library card and/or permission slip for Internet access. LeaRN eNGLISH oR SPaNISH USING RoSeTTa SToNe for Hackensack residents only. Ages 14 and up. By appointment only. Call 201343-4169 ext. 34 or e-mail michelle. acosta@bccls.org. eSL aND eNGLISH CoNVeRSaTIoN waiting list names now being taken for upcoming class. 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 Folk-Pushee for complete information. Museum passes are back. For the Childrens Museum of Manhattan and the Intrepid Museum. These are free to Hackensack residents and families with a valid adult Johnson Library Card and a deposit for the pass. 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 eXHIBITS: Young Adult Exhibitor Daniella Hernandez with a display of photography of domestic animals, nature, sports and water. Maywood Avenue Art Exhibit and Pressed Flowers by Maywood Girl Scout Troop 825. SUNDay MoVIeS at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Four Christmases. Presented by the Maywood Recreation Department. All are welcome. GIFT a BooK FUNDRaISeR dedicate and donate a Childrens/Young Adult book or books. All books are $5. Each patron will be allowed and is encouraged to write a dedication page that will be included in the book. 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. LUNCH aND DISCUSSIoN SeRIeS, Dec. 8 from 12:30 3 p.m. The library will screen The Weight of the Nation dealing with the obesity epidemic in the nation and in the community and discuss the ramifications. RSVP to Jenna at the library. aDULT BooK CLUB second Friday of the month at 11 a.m. Book title, schedule and registration available at the front desk. Book club is led by Louise Feulner. CIRCLe TIMe on Mondays from 2 2:45 p.m. for toddlers through 6 years old with parents or caregivers. BILINGUaL SToRy TIMe On Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The library is looking for parents to read aloud picture books in their native language. Call Jenna at the library if interested. aFTeR SCHooL PRoGRaM now Dec. 18 on Tuesdays from 3 6 p.m. Grades 2 8 welcome. Registration required at the front desk or with Jenna. If school is closed the program is canceled. Open to Maywood residents. NeIGHBoRS HeLPING NeIGHBoRS a career support group now Dec. 20 from 1 2:30 p.m. This is a peer-led volunteer support and networking group for those unemployed or underemployed. 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. MayWooD LoCaL HISToRy RooM By appointment only; for group tours call Carol Dass at 201-8458830 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. SoNGS oF THe SeaSoN Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. with Heather Mulvey. Free and open to the public with first come seating. FILM SCReeNING Dec. 10 of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild at 1 p.m. Brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m. Coffee/tea provided. Free and open to the public with first come seating. LaDIeS NIGHT oUT BooK CLUB at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Story Sisters, by Alice Hoffman. Books available at librarys circulation desk. Refreshments will be served. SToRyTIMeS: for Paramus residents at Main Branch: Little Bookworms for birth -18 months with caregiver Tuesdays at 10 -10:45 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. Reid Branch: Tell Me a Story for ages 2 3.5 with caregiver on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3.5 5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at four different times. Registration required on all. aFTeRSCHooL aDVeNTUReS for grades K-4 on Thursdays from 4 4:45 p.m. Register for the entire season. PaJaMa SToRyTIMe Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Next meeting: Dec. 18. MoVIe MaTINee Dec. 28. Movie TBA. All ages welcome at 2 p.m. No registration necessary. HoLIDay CaRD FoR THe TRooPS through Dec. 15. Stop by the childrens desk for a template and make your own card. The library will exhibit them and send them to the troops. All ages. PLayDoUGH CHeFS Dec. 4 from 10 - 10:45 a.m. for ages 2.5 5. HoLIDay CRaFTS for grades K 4. Dec. 11, Gingerbread Houses at 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Holiday Poppers at 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Paper Plate Snow Globes at 4 p.m. MoNKey, MoNKey MUSIC Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. for grade K 4. RaVeNoUS ReaDeRS on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. for grades 5 - 6. Next meeting: Dec. 3, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. PaGe TURNeRS on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for grades 3 and 4. Next meeting: Dec. 4, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. BeTWeeN: after school crafts and cooking program for grades 5 7 on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Potato Latkes. GIFT WRaP eXTRaVaGaNZa Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. for grades 5 and up. HIGH SCHooL BooK CLUB for grades 9 12 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18. SToRyTIMe aT ReID Tell Me a Story for ages 2 3 with caregiver on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3 5 on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Friday at 10:30 a.m. SPeCIaL PRoGRaMS aT ReID Gingerbread Workshop for grades K 4 Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Register one week in advance. Holiday Gift Special for grades K 4 Dec. 13, 14 at 3:30 p.m. Register one week in advance. Origami Festival for grades K 4 Dec. 20, 21 at 3:30 p.m. Register one week in advance. TeeN aDVISoRy BoaRD for grade 9 12 at 2:30 p.m. Meeting: Dec. 11. TeeN WeDNeSDayS aT ReID from 3:30 5 p.m. Gingerbread House Workshop, Dec. 5. YA Holiday Gift Special, Dec. 12. Origami Workshop, Dec. 19. TeeN eVeNTS eSL Intermediate Classes open to all Bergen County Residents offered Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 9 p.m. Free with Paramus residents having priority. Registration required. Call 201-5991305. 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 201-5991300 or visit paramuslibrary.org. aRTS aND eNTeRTaINMeNT every other Sunday oRaDeLL open Mic Night: Poetry and Live acoustic Music presented by Cool Beans Caf, 304 Kinderkamack Rd. from 7 closing. Sign up at 7 p.m. House PA and piano available. Afterhours jam session TBA. $3/cover. Call 201-634-1400. Dec. 1 FaIR LaWN Joni Mitchells Blue: a 40th anniversary Celebration at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St. at 8 p.m. $17/members, $20/non-members. Visit hurdygurdyfolk.org or call 201384-1325. Dec. 1 TeaNeCK Holiday Themed Poetry Caf presented by Ghall Rhodes Benjamin at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, at 8 p.m. Those interested in participating sign up at 7:30 p.m. $5. Call 201-836-3499 or visit puffinculturalforum.org. Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8 HaCKeNSaCK A Year with Frog and Toad presented by Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway on Dec. 1, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Adults/$15, $12/ children under 12 and $10/seniors and parties of 10 or more. Tickets available at the Hackensack Recreation Department, 116 Holt St. Monday Friday from 7 a.m. 6 p.m. Call 201646-8042. Dec. 2 UPPeR NyaCK Klezmatics at the Temple Beth Torah at 4 p.m. $25/, Temple members/$20, Students/$15. Visit artsrock.org. Dec. 2 ToToWa art of Joe LaMattina Statements from my Soul held at the Lena Di Gangi Gallery, 320 Union Blvd. Reception Dec. 2 from 4 7 p.m. Gallery Hours Tuesday Friday from 1:30 6:30 p.m. Saturday from 1 4 p.m. Call 973-942-7400. Dec. 8 HaSBRoUCK HeIGHTS The Melochords We Live, We Love, We Sing presented at St. Johns The Divine Church, 333 Franklin Ave. at 7 p.m. $15/person. Call 201-288-0002. Dec. 8 DUMoNT Bridge Studio for the Performing Arts Benefit Concert featuring Broadways Michelle Dawson, Teddy Coluca and Kevin Kern at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 344 Washington Ave. at 7 p.m. $10. Call 201-394-9697. Dec. 9 BeRGeNFIeLD Bergen youth orchestra concert held at Bergenfield High School at 4 p.m. $10/adults, $5/students and seniors. Call 201-569-1625. Dec. 16 FaIR LaWN A Christmas Carol presented by Skyline Theatre Company at the George Frey Center for the Arts at the Fair Lawn Community Center. $28/adults, $20/seniors, $18/ students. Call 800-474-1299 or visit skylinetheatrecompany.org. Dec. 18 PaRaMUS annual Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting presented by Paramus Catholic High School, 425 Paramus Rd. at 7:15 p.m. Call 201-445-4466 or visit paramus-catholic.org. Dec. 27 SUFFeRN Bossy Frog Band at the Lafayette Theater at 11 a.m. $12/advance, $15/ day of show. Visit artsrock.org. Jan. 5 FaIR LaWN Co-Bill Vickie Russell and Loretta Hagen at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St. at 8 p.m. $17/ members, $20/non-members. Visit hurdygurdyfolk.org or call 201-3841325. Jan. 18 20 PaRaMUS Stage Door presented by Paramus Catholic High School, 425 Paramus Rd. on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $8/Adults, $3/ students and seniors. Call 201-4454466. Jan. 18 Feb. 3 LeoNIa Bedrooms presented by the Players Guild of Leonia, at the Civil War Drill Theater, 130 Grand Ave. Jan. 20 oRaDeLL adelphi Chamber orchestra presents Rare Gems under the baton of Eric Dudley featuring Adelphi Principal Cellist, Robert Deutsch. At River Dell High School, 55 Pyle Ave. $20. Call 201-477-0406 or visit aconj.org. BUSINeSS aND NeTWoRKING every Thursday HaCKeNSaCK Hackensack Rotary Club meets at Rudys, 107 Anderson St. Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Focus on community service and information through weekly programs. Contact Amanda Missey, membership chairwoman, at 201-2818587 or amissey@bergenvolutneers. org. every Thursday MayWooD Maywood Rotary Club meets at Maywood Inn for lunch on Thursdays. March 15, drawing for the Luck of the Irish raffle at the American Legion Hall. Call 201-843-8763. HaCKeNSaCK Regional Chamber of Commerce Dec. 6, Disaster Recovery for Business; Whats Out There? Held at Ciarco Learning Center, 355 Main St. from 8:30 10 a.m. 201-489-3700 or visit hackensackchamber.org. CLaSSeS FoR aDULTS aND CHILDReN Mondays HaCKeNSaCK Citizenship Classes at the Johnson Library from 10 11 a.m. Call 201343-4169 ext. 21. HaCKeNSaCK Internet Classes offered by the Johnson Public Library. Hackensack residents only. Call for details. 201343-4781. 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 201-8940138. 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. First and third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Call Jim at 201712-1853 squaredance2@yahoo.com. RUTHeRFoRD Daycare and Morning or afternoon enrichment available at the Meadowlands YMCA. Ages 18/ month 5 years-old. Visit meadowlandsYMCA.org. Dec. HaCKeNSaCK american Red Cross Water Safety Instructor offered at The YMCA of Greater Bergen County, 360 Main Street on Dec. 21, 2 3 p.m. Dec. 26-27 7 a.m. 6 p.m. and Dec. 28 from 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Pre-swim test on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. After completion, registration fee is $350. Call 201-4876600 ext. 213 or visit ymcagbc.org. Jan. 2013 HaCKeNSaCK american Red Cross Lifeguard Courses offered by the YMCA of Greater Bergen County, 360 Main St. Pre-tests are required on Mondays and Wednesdays in Dec. from 8 10 p.m. $10/fee for pre-test. First class Jan. 5. For complete information call 201-4876600 or visit ymcagbc.org. LeCTUReS aND INFoRMaTIoN Dec. 12 PaRaMUS Free Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screenings for Paramus residents held at Borough Hall from 1 3 p.m. Preregistration is required. Call 201-2652100 ext. 618 or 615. oRGaNIZaTIoNS Tuesdays MayWooD The Garden State Ski Club meets at the Maywood Inn, 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 (first, third and fifth Mondays) build confidence by overcoming your fear of public

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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 973772-9078. 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 Dec. 16, Sponsored by the American Legion Post 170, 33 W. Passaic St. $4/adults, under 10/free. Held from 8 11:30. Bring a toy for toys for tots and receive $1 off breakfast. 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. Dec. 1 MayWooD Christmas Craft Fair presented by Zion Lutheran Church, 120 E. Pleasant Ave. from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Call 201843-5916 or visit zionmaywood.org. Dec. 9 WooD-RIDGe annual awards Banquet presented by the Bergen County Knights Jr. Football at the Fiesta from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Tricky tray and 50/50. Ad journal available. Call 201-832-2777. Dec. 29 PaRaMUS Paramus Catholic 1982 Reunion held at Biagios restaurant. E-mail Kathleen Ryan Cronin at kcronin919@yahoo. com. Jan. 26 HaCKeNSaCK art Sale Cocktail Reception presented by the Friends of BVMI at 241 Moore St. from 3 6 p.m. Art presented by Piermont Fine Arts Gallery, 218 Ash St. from Jan. 24 27. Art starting at $100.

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35 percent of the sales will go to the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative. Cocktail reception $25. Snow date: Jan. 27. Call 201-342-2478 ext. 8484 or visit bvmi.org. March 8 CaRLSTaDT annual Scholarship auction and Dinner presented by Felician College at Il Villaggio. Call 201-355-1308 or visit felician.edu. ReCReaTIoN aND CaMPS Tuesdays MayWooD Mah Jongg for new or experienced players offered at the Maywood Recreation Center on Tuesdays form 1 3 p.m. Call 201-845-2900. SCHooLS HaCKeNSaCK yMCa Happy Day Childcare Center has openings for ages 2 5 from Monday Friday from 7 a.m. 6 p.m. $675/month. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 211 or visit ymcagbc.org. Dec. 8 HaCKeNSaCK Book Fair sponsored by the Hackensack Middle School PTA at Barnes and Noble, Shops at Riverside, 9 a.m. 11 p.m. mention you are supporting the HMSPTA fundraiser to ensure that the school receives its percentage. Dec. 14 HaCKeNSaCK Catch the Comet Spirit Tricky Tray presented by the Hackensack Middle School PTA at 360 Union St. at 6 p.m. Tickets called at 7:30 p.m.$10/includes dinner and a sheet of tickets. Call 917407-5223 or e-mail hms.pta/1213@ gmail.com. 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 201845-9215. 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. $15/dues due. For membership information, call 201843-1061. For trip information call 201-843-1061. Second Thursday PaRaMUS Paramus aaRP Chapter 3834 has opened its membership to new members. The Paramus area covers the surrounding towns of Paramus. 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 201-845-9310. 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 St. 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 12:30 p.m. at the Hackensack Recreation Center, 116 Holt St. For information call 201-489-2585. 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. 201-336-3320. 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 maywoodrecreation@gmail.com. SPeCIaL eVeNTS MayWooD Maywood Station Museum Dec. 15 from 10 11:45 a.m. annual Santa Visits Maywood Station event. Visit maywoodstation.com.201-487-6600 ext. 220 or visit ymcagbc.org. Dec. 3 HaCKeNSaCK Tree Lighting presented by the City of Hackensack at 5:30 p.m. on the Green in front of the County Courthouse. See ad on page 5. Dec. 7, 14, 21 MayWooD Maywood Holiday Nights held in the Community Bank Parking lot on Friday nights in December. Memorial School, Dec. 7, the Maywood Girl Scouts, with food drive on Dec. 14 and Maywood Avenue School Dec. 21. Hot chocolate and cookies served. Dec. 9 MayWooD Kids Christmas Party at the Maywood American Legion Post 142, 135 East Passaic St. at 1 p.m. Open to all children and their families with magic show, balloon animals, tasty treats, sing-along and a visit from St. Nick. Dec. 14, 15 RUTHeRFoRD Santa Claus is Coming to Town at the First Presbyterian Church Parish House, 32 Ridge Rd. at 8 p.m. both days and 1 p.m. on Saturday. $20/adults, $15/ seniors, $10/children under 12. Visit rtconj.com. Through Dec. 15 RoCHeLLe PaRK Toys for Tots collecting through Dec. 15 at MVP Taekwondo Center, 8 Railroad Ave. Monday Friday from 4 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Call 201-556-9799. Dec. 24 MayWooD Santacade presented by the Maywood Ambulance Squad. Call for route. SUPPoRT GRoUPS HaCKeNSaCK overcomers 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. You are not alone any more. HaCKeNSaCK Victim Family/Friends Support Group coordinated by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office and Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. to support family members and friends of those who have died by homicide. Call 973447-8285 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, 3rd floor, 336 Prospect Ave. Call 201518-7753. ToWN NeWS MayWooD Fire Prevention meeting Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex, 15 Park Ave. Call 201-845-2900. TRIPS Dec. 13 NeW yoRK CITy Holiday Lights and Window Tour presented by Victors Maywood Inn. Trip to Manhattan in our luxury motorcoach and guided tour of Bryant Park skating rink, Snowflake Show at Time Warmer, Windows at Macys, and Lord and Taylor and Rockefellar Center. Meet at 5 at the restaurant for a cocktail party and hot and cold Hors D Ourves then depart at 6:15 p.m. $45. Call 201843-8022. Feb. 15 24 SoUTH aFRICa 15th annual Galilee Holy Land Tour presented by Galilee United Methodist Church visiting South Africa and Zimbabwe for a 10-day tour. $5,400, deposit of $1,000 due immediately and final payment due by Dec. 15. Send deposit to 325 Genesee Ave. Englewood, NJ 07631. Enclose a selfaddressed envelope for itinerary. Call 201-387-1522 or 201-567-0009. May 26 June 2 BeRMUDa Cruise for a Cause sponsored by Helen Hayes Hospital and the Adler Aphasia Center. Starting at $696 for interior cabin plus $297/taxes and fees (subject to change). For information call Linda at Mainly Meetings Travel, 201-568-2146. Additional cocktail party on second night for $50. Aphasia group sessions onboard the cruise. WoRSHIP ongoing TeaNeCK Temple emeth at 1666 Windsor Rd. Dec. 9, from 10:30 noon, Bycahad Breakfast. $6/person. History of the Jews in Teaneck with former Teaneck Mayor Jacqueline Kates. Chanukah annual Family Shabbat service Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. A dinner will precede the service at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $25/ adults, $10/children ages 4 12, under 3/free. Bring menorahs, candles and friends. Please bring a can of food or non-perishable food item. Dec. 15 from 9:30 10:45 a.m. Chanukah Family Fun with Morah Marla Levine and Music with Morah Karen Sacks. Torah Study Saturdays from 9 10:15 a.m. Family Shabbat Workshop, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service, Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Music Service, Dec. 21 at 8 p.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, a special MiShebeirakh prayer can be recited on behalf of someone who is ill or in honor of an important occasion. Shabbat Services with mechitzah in the Pressburger Sanctuary is at 9 am. 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 am. The structured shul activity program is under the supervision of Abbe Rosner. 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. Children are encouraged to come together at the conclusion of Shabbat Services at the front of the sanctuary to sing Adon Olam and receive a treat. 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 centers Mara Datra, spiritual leader. Visit the www.jcot. org and also follow the Jewish Center of Teaneck on Facebook. To receive the centers weekly e-mail blast and monthly e-mail newsletter call 201833-0515, ext. 200. ongoing TeaNeCK Congregation Beth am at 510 Claremont Ave. Shabbat Services every Friday night at 8 p.m. Yoga on Thursday, 7 8 p.m. Visit congbethamteaneck.org or call 201836-5752. ongoing HaCKeNSaCK Temple Beth el at 280 Summit Ave. is a Conservative Egalitarian congregation. Friday Shabbat Services are at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. followed by kiddush. For additional information visit www. templebethelhackensack.org or call 201-342-2045. ongoing MayWooD Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel, 34 West Magnolia Ave. Call 201-8457550 ext.1 or visit rtbi-online.org. Weekly MayWooD Zion Lutheran Church located at 120 E. Pleasant Ave. Sunday Worship at 9 a.m. Visit zionmaywood.org or call 201-843-5916. ongoing TeaNeCK Covenant Life Ministries Church at 1427 Palisade Ave. Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Childrens Ministry classes for ages 2 8 during church service. Sunday school for ages 9 and older and adult Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. Prayer and Bible Study on Wednesday at 7 p.m. For information call 201-8379177. ongoing PaRaMUS Christ evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates Holy Communion on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Visitors and children are welcome. Contemporary service will be at 9 a.m. Call 201-2620138 or visit christinParamus.org ongoing PaRaMUS Trinity Presbyterian Church, 650 Pascack Rd. has Sunday worship, nursery and church school at 10 a.m. followed by fellowship hour. Chinese

service at noon. Handicap accessible. Call 201-262-8624. ongoing MayWooD First Presbyterian Church, Maywood and Thomas avenues. Sunday school from 9 10 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Church services at 10:15 a.m. Coffee/ social hour to follow. Weekly PaRaMUS arcola United Methodist Church service and Sunday school at 10 a.m. followed by fellowship hour at 52 S. Paramus Road. Call 201-843-2805. Weekly HaCKeNSaCK open Hearts, open Minds, open Doors at Hackensack United Methodist Church, 400 Summit Ave. Sunday church service 11 a.m. with p.m. fellowship to follow. Church school grades kindergarten through 12th during church services. Adult Bible Study Sundays from 10 to 10:30 a.m.; Fridays 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 201487-0811. Weekly HaCKeNSaCK Sunday Services held at RHEMA Worship Center, 156 Passaic St., at 10:30 a.m. Call 201-457-1390 or visit rhemawc.org Weekly HaCKeNSaCK Saturday Worship Service Highway Holiness Church Ministries, Inc., 360 Main St. (YMCA) at 7:30 a.m. Community church needs building to rent. Not limited to Hackensack. For information, call 201-488-3396. Weekly MayWooD our Lady Queen of Peace, Maywood Avenue is offering Confirmation, CCD and First Penance programs through the Religious Education Department, 201342-7570 or visit fpchackensack.org. Weekly HaCKeNSaCK Trinity Baptist Church at 218 Passaic St. Sunday worship at 9:45 a.m. Bible study on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursday Youth Bible study on Thursday at 6 p.m. Call 201-487-3656. Weekly HaCKeNSaCK Bible Study and Prayer with Elder Larry Ferguson at the YMCA, 360 Main St., on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Call 201-487-6600. Weekly TeaNeCK Christ episcopal Church, 480 Warwick Ave. Weekly TeaNeCK St. Pauls evangelical Lutheran Church, 61 Church St. Sunday Spoken Communion services at 8:30 a.m. Sung Communion at 10 a.m. Bible Study Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Adult Forum Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Call 201-837-3189 or visit stpaulsteaneck.com. Weekly HaCKeNSaCK Bible Way Tabernacle Church located at the St. Paul Lodge, 184 Berdan Pl. Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. Church School at 9 a.m. Wednesday Bible class every other week at 7 p.m. with Intercessory and prayer on alternate weeks. Contact Imagine714@ optonline.net. Call 201-343-9449. Weekly MayWooD Tabernacle of life Ministries nondenominational Christian church at Maywood and Thoma avenues. Sunday Evening: worship service at 3 p.m. Call 201-523-2260. Weekly MayWooD Lutheran Church of the Redeemer 471 Maywood Ave. Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity. Calling all youth as Stars, Angels, Shepherds and Kings, ages 4 18. Practices Saturday mornings from 10 11 a.m. from Dec.1 Jan 5. Call 201-845-8779 or visit redeemermaywoodnj.com.

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Down 1. Italian money 2. Camelot character 3. Undefeatable 4. Threw 5. Very quick (musical abbr.) 6. Monroes successor 7. Going behind a power boat- really Down fast 8. Discordant 1. Italian money 9. Tease 2.

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18. Upshot 19. Principal, relating to fortifications 22. I am not my ___ India Arie 24. Cast Away setting

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25. Link together 10. There 11. 60s drug was no room here 29. Rap sheet letters 11. 60's drug 12. Corroded 30. Heating alternative 12. Corroded 13. Clear 31. Diamonds (sl.) 14. Land of the brave and 13. Clear free 34. Actor Hunter 15. Pedicurists target

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14. Land of the brave and free 15. Pedicurist's target

16. Much ___ about 16. "Much ___ about nothing Shakespeare play nothing" Shakespeare play 36. Neighbor of Wis.

35. Troilus __ Cressida Shakespeare

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28. Blast from the past 32. Hint 33. European river

34. Actor Hunter 35. "Troilus __ Cressida" Shakespeare

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RoBeRT LaI, of Clifton, passed away peacefully on Oct. 25 at the age of 78. Born in Hackensack, he lived in Toms River for 17 years and Clifton for two months. Prior to retiring in 1995, he worked at the Ramsey Post Office for 14 years. Previously, he was a Hackensack police officer. He served his country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Episcopal Church of Hackensack, member of the American Legion of Toms River and the Retired Police and Firemans Association of Ocean County and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. He also coached Little League Baseball and football for Hackensack. He had a passion and love for fishing and crabbing, the New York Giants and Yankees. Beloved husband for 55 years of Mildred (ne Basile). Devoted father of Robert Lai and his wife Felice of Four Oaks, N.C. (formerly of Waldwick), Gary Lai of Hackensack, and Jeffrey Lai and his wife Michelle of Clifton. Cherished grandfather of Devin and Madison. Dearest brother of the late Anthony Lai and Rosemarie Mohan. JUaN GaRCIa, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Oct. 25 at Holy Name Hospital at the age of 75. Born in Bogota, Colombia, he came to the United States in 1970, settling in Hackensack. He worked as a buildings and grounds mechanic for the City of Englewood. He could fix anything and was lovingly nicknamed Mr. Fix It. He was a parishioner of St. Francis R. C. Church of Hackensack. Beloved husband of Maria Eugenia (ne Martinez). Devoted father of Maura Martinez of Hackensack, Stevens Garcia of Hackensack, and Richard Garcia of Hackensack. Cherished grandfather of

Gabrielle, Matthew, Rhemy, and Allison. Dearest brother of Edgar Moreno of Cliffside Park. PHyLLIS GaMBUTI WeISS, of South Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Oct. 28 at the age of 85. Prior to retiring, she was a secretary for Hekemian and Co. of Hackensack. Previously, she was a secretary for Peoples Trust Company of Hackensack. She was a parishioner of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Hackensack where she was a member of the Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the South Hackensack Ambulance Corps, South Hackensack Seniors and Columbiettes of Trinity Council No. 747 of Hackensack. Beloved wife of the late George Weiss. Devoted mother of Deborah Tilstra and her husband Craig of South Hackensack, and James Weiss and his wife Sophia of Saddle Brook. Cherished grandmother of Philip, Daniel, Courtney, Kimberly, Emily and James Jr. Dearest sister of Patrick Gambuti and his wife Sandy of Fort Lee. JoSePH GoDLeSKI, of South Hackensack, passed away suddenly on Oct. 30 at the age of 69. Prior to retiring, he worked in aerospace electronic sales for Accurate Precision of Englewood. Beloved husband for 48 years of Barbara (ne Fede). Devoted father of Joseph Godleski of South Hackensack. Dearest brother of the late Mary Chabora. GeRaLDINe eLLeN RyaN, also known as Geraldine Ellen Saraulla, was born on Nov. 19, 1928 and died peacefully on Nov. 1 at the age of 83. Married civilly to John Saraulla on Nov. 26, 1949, and religiously at St. John the Baptist Church in Hillsdale in 1954. The three children born to their marriage are Jennifer Bratsafolis, the late Frank

Saraulla (2005), and Geraldine Saraulla. Geraldine has one brother, Thomas Ryan, sisters Bernadette Carlson and the late Maureen Sain, and a variety of other relatives. She worked as a secretary for several agencies including the Teaneck Planning Board where she served from 1981 through 1990. She was an excellent stenographer, taking dictation at 120 words per minute and typing 80 WPM. Her favorite things included a cup of tea, tiger lilies, leprechauns, seashells, bowling, golf and books. As Gerry requested, Weep not for me please, though death does us sever, for now I can rest forever and ever. aNa TZyGaNKoV-KISeLoW, of Clifton, formerly of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Nov. 1 at the age of 60. Born in Lima, Peru, she came to the United States in 1961, settling in Paterson. She lived in Hackensack for 24 years and in Clifton for 11 years. She had worked as the Passaic County clerk in Paterson. Previously, she worked as a secretary for the Hackensack Police Department Juvenile Division. She was a parishioner of Holy Apostle Russian Orthodox Church of Saddle Brook. She was a former member of the Hackensack Board of Education and a former Cub Scout leader for Pack 5 of Hackensack. Beloved mother of Michael Kiselow and his wife Nicole of Fair Lawn and Gregory Kiselow and his wife Cheryl of Butler. Loving grandmother of three grandchildren. MaRIe BoUVeRoT eyeR, passed away peacefully on Nov. 9 at her home at the age of 86. Prior to retiring, she was a supervisor for Paid Prescriptions of Fair Lawn. She was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church of Maywood. Beloved wife of the late Jay Mullen. Devoted mother of

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Students at Memorial School in Paramus celebrated Thanksgiving by hosting parties for family and friends. Pictured: Mimi Duffys kindergarten class giving thanks with a song.

Teachers set out sandwiches and drinks for students while others comfort those who lost power. Teachers at Jackson Avenue School of Hackensack banded together on Nov. 8 to try to relieve the cold and hunger caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster that followed a week later. By using the reverse 9-11 system, the school was able to alert parents that the school was again out of power and that the teachers would be providing a blanket and sandwich to all students and parents affected by the storm. Originally the effort was to be held in the parking lot, but the power returned and it was moved inside to the cafeteria. The blankets were provided by St. Annes Shelter in Newark, which had received unused blankets from United Airlines. Teachers provided sandwiches, clothing, water and juice, snacks and desserts, and local businesses such as Shop Rite on River Street, Casual Habana and Subway also made donations.
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Those brave thrillseekers who wondered what the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack was like after dark had their answer when they attended the annual Haunted Library event on Oct. 16. The ticket holders were led on a tour of the macabre throughout the vast and shadowy interior of the library where vampires, ghouls and goblins were delighted to make their acquaintance. Those attendees who were brave enough to endure the horror of The Maze received their reward of a goodie bag at tours end. Characters, played by library staff members and volun-

teers included the Zombie Queen who, with her minions, danced up a storm to Michael Jacksons Thriller; Mr. and Mrs. Corpse Bride and their skeletal pet, Mr. Skittles; Dr. Demento; a clan of vampires; a giant gorilla; and a host of supernatural characters who inhabited the nooks and crannies of the darkened rooms. Tour guides kept the action moving while they gave a hysterical historical lowdown on the library. For the faint of heart, there was always a friendly face to whisk them out of the thick of things and back into the world of light and candy.

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Paramus High School senior Priscilla Lau recently attended the 2012 Diversity in Journalism Workshop sponsored by S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

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Bergen Catholic High School biology teacher Diane Trunfio, a resident of Paramus, has been honored as DyKnows Educator of the Month for October. Trunfio, now in her 11th year as a faculty member, teaches five biology classes per day and uses DyKnow products in each of them. Since 2003, DyKnow has been developing and delivering classroom management and interactive learning software for educators. The Indianapolis-based companys products are used by thousands of teachers around the world and more than 180 oneto-one computing programs.

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Diane Trunfio By using DyKnow in my classes, I have been able to enhance my teaching style to engage the students and foster an environment of active leaning through participation, said Trunfio, who earned a B.S. at Manhattan College and an M.S. at the University of Delaware.

The second grade hallway at Fanny Meyer Hillers School in Hackensack is filled with the vibrant colors of Latin america-inspired artwork. as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, students studied the works of various Spanish-speaking artists. They created portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo and were introduced to pointillism through the paintings of Marjorie avila Salas. The works of Fernando Botero and Diego Rivera were also studied. In addition, Hackensacks own artist, Colombia-born Lucia Luna, a Hillers School parent, displayed her artwork, and spoke to students.

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On Nov. 13, a group of 33 Hackensack High School students attended an immediate decision college fair held at Passaic County Community College where historically black colleges and universities offered local students invitations to enroll. The students went prepared, dressed in business attire and carrying completed applications, essays, resumes, letters of recommendation and transcripts. They first attended a workshop where they learned helpful tips about financial aid, but the main part of the fair was to meet with college representatives. The trip was organized and coordinated by Angela Martin, high school guidance counselor, with help from fellow counselor Lucinda McConnachie and Assistant Principal Mark Johnson. The students were chaperoned by Claire Mackey, history teacher, and a team of parents. The trip culminated with lunch at Maggianos at the Shops at Riverside. The County Seat - December 2012 - Page 25

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