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Mordaga: A Man on A Mission
by joy belgIovIne On Feb. 4, the face of the Hackensack Police Department will change forever. For the first time in the force’s history, a civilian police director will be leading the men and women in blue. Michael Mordaga, a highly-decorated law enforcement expert, says his first order of business is to restore and rebuild trust in a department which has been riddled with controversy. “There are major issues in the department that exist,” he said. “I believe that’s had an enormous effect on the community of Hackensack. The first thing I want to do is bring back the trust and respect of the community.” Mordaga, 55, is taking the helm from Interim Chief Tomas Padilla, who officially retired on Jan. 31. A captain will fill in until Mordaga begins his one-year contract. Mordaga will earn an annual salary of $150,000 per year and will continue to collect his annual state pension of $124,000. A private security firm with which Mordaga has been affiliated will not perform any work for the City of Hackensack while Mordaga holds the position of police director. Although Mordaga is technically a civilian director, he will be armed. “I carried a firearm for my entire career and will continue to carry a firearm,” Mordaga said, dispelling recent reports to the contrary. Mordaga, a graduate of Hackensack High School, began his law enforcement career as an undercover ofContinued on Page 5
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bergen Freeholders Update
by PATTI MCnAMARA During the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ meeting on Jan. 16, the members pledged to go through County Executive Kathleen Donovan’s proposed $505 million annual budget with a fine-toothed comb. “The freeholders still have a responsibility to go through line by line,” Freeholder David Ganz said of Donovan’s plan, which she submitted to the board in early January. “Where we think we can cut it, we will.” The board approved a resolution authorizing a $1.4 million payment to the Bergen County Improvement Authority but not without much regret. “While we all represent the taxpayers of this county, this resolution is distasteful and stinks to high heaven,” said Freeholder Maura DeNicola. The current board inherited this $1.4 million annual bill to be paid through 2020 to pay off bonds and shortterm notes from the Overpeck Park project. “This is a legacy of 50 years of freeholders who failed to obey Supreme Court justices,” said Ganz. “I have personal memory of some of this. An agreement was reached to make the park... Let’s fund the closing and pay for it.” Due to a previous administration’s alleged mismanagement, Ganz said that what was supposed to be a $17 million project cost taxpayers $101 million. “We would not like to see this happen again. I commend the board for taking action. The reason we have to do it is because it is an obligation,” he said. “All things said, we are going to do the right thing.” Freeholder John Mitchell added, “If we did not approve this, our Triple AAA credit rating would be at risk.” In other business, DeNicola reported that the $1.2 million Court Street Bridge project was paid for entirely with federal funds. Newly-elected Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur reported that she had recently toured the jail, homeless shelter, Bleshman School and the juvenile detention facility. Freeholder Joan Voss, who visited some of the facilities with Zur, said that the Bergen County Board of Social Services needs to be relocated. “More and more people need our assistance,” Voss said. “We need more workers to help people.” In Ganz’s report, he said that although Bergen County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, more than 20,000 families, or 5.13 percent of the population, are receiving food stamps. After compiling a list of Bergen County towns, he randomly read off percentages from various towns such as Saddle River with 1.4 percent and Fort Lee with 5.8 percent receiving food stamps.

Maywood Democrats join Council

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Councilman Frank Morrone accepting the oath of office. by MICHAel CoHen Change is coming to Maywood. Two months after the final ballot was cast, two new Democrats officially joined the Maywood Borough Council during a reorganization meeting on Jan. 7, splitting the council up evenly between the two major parties. Derek Eisenberg and Frank Morrone accepted the oath of office among great fanfare as the new council began a new year of business. They take over for outgoing council members John Savage and Marianne Auriemma. “It’s a great honor. I am very grateful to those in Maywood for giving me this honor,” Eisenberg said. Morrone said he was looking forward to starting a new adventure and “serving the people of Maywood.” “It was a lengthy campaign and I am glad it’s over,” Morrone added. Eisenberg, a father of three who has lived in Maywood since 1998, has spent the past 20 years running his own firm, Continental Real Estate. Eisenberg is also a registered tax appraiser with the State of New Jersey. Tax relief was a big talking point for both candidates during the campaign last year. Eisenberg said he hopes that creating new businesses in the shopping district will generate muchneeded tax relief for Maywood citizens. “I think Route 17 will give us a greatest deal of tax relief once the Army Corps of Engineers is done with their cleanup in that area. We are looking to put a major development there,” Eisenberg said. “Maybe a hotel and conference center.” Morrone has lived in the borough his entire life, serving Maywood in various capacities through his involvement in the Community Emergency Relief Team, Maywood Youth Athletic Association and the Maywood Pool Commission. This is his first elected position. In addition to welcoming two new councilmen, Maywood Mayor Gregg Padovano swore in new members to the fire department, fire police and first aid squad. The fire department officers for 2013 will be Gary Neumann as chief; Anthony Scozzafava, assistant chief; and Christopher Tuttle, deputy chief. The 2013 fire police officers are Capt. Thomas Stavola, Lt. David Nauta and Sgt. Robert De Nuto. Finally, the 2013 first aid squad officers will be Capt. Marc Pedone, Lt. Matthew Gehl and Lt. Elyse Miller. The council split up liaison responsibilities for the town’s departments. Councilman Erich Fleischmann will be a liaison to the department of public works, buildings and grounds. Councilman Frank Meglio will work with the finance department. Councilman Adrian Febre will be the liaison with fire services. Councilman Alfred Ballerini will work with public safety, and the new members will work with general services and recreation.

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Hackensack Council Won’t Return
The Hackensack City Council served up a bombshell to those in attendance at the Jan. 22 public meeting when Mayor Michael Melfi announced that he and three of the four remaining council members would not seek a new term during the May elections and that a new council would be seated in July. Melfi was joined in his decision by Councilmen Jorge Meneses and Marlin Townes and Councilwoman Karen Sasso. The foursome has been in office for two terms, a total of eight years. During each term, each took a one-year stint as mayor. Melfi said the group felt it was time to relinquish control. “It’s time to bring some new people into the mix,” Melfi told the crowd. “We have done a lot of great things. It’s time for a new group of people to build on the successes we have had. The vast majority of the citizens here appreciate the work we have done.” Melfi listed the ongoing revitalization of Main Street as one of the council’s proudest achievements.

Fresh Faces Announce Candidacy

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The Hackensack Coalition for open government slate: standing, joanne Mania Colon, jason nunnermacker, joseph barreto and Scott young, and seated, Kenneth Martin. Retired educator and former city councilman Roger Mattei has announced the formation of a five-member slate seeking election to the Hackensack City Council in the May 14 contest. “I am pleased to present the team Hackensack Coalition for Open Government to the people of our city,” said Mattei. “Kenneth Martin, Jason Nunnermacker, Joanne Mania Colon, Joseph Barreto and Scott Young are committed to improving the City of Hackensack and the quality of life for its citizens. They are dedicated to leaving the city to the next generation in better condition than it is today.” Individually, the candidates have been involved in many aspects of community service in the City of Hackensack. “Each member brings different experience and talents,” Mattei said. Whether as an elected official or a community volunteer, the members of Hackensack Coalition for Open Government say they would like to become even more involved in the Hackensack community. “Each candidate is known throughout the community as someone who can be trusted to make Hackensack a stronger community,” Mattei said. The team has pledged open and transparent city government. The candidates say they will welcome all opinions and have already developed a plan to bring the government back to the residents of Hackensack. Kenneth Martin – A longtime servant to the City of Hackensack, Ken recently retired from the Hackensack Police Department after 26 years of service. He is most known for his role as the Hackensack High School resource officer, earning the endearing nickname “Guidance Counselor with a Badge.” During his time on the force, Martin earned numerous citations and awards and has become one of the go-to guys for school resource officers across the country in need of guidance. Martin has served on the volunteer ambulance corps, the Hackensack Auxiliary Police and the Red Cross. He has been involved with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Johnson Public Library, New Jersey School Resource Officers as well as the National Association for School Resource Officers, North Jersey Regional Crime Prevention and the Hackensack Education Foundation. “As I retire from one phase of public service, I am happy to begin another,” said Martin. “I am a proud lifetime resident of Hackensack and I hope to set this city on a successful course for the future.” jason nunnermacker – A current Hackensack Board of Education Trustee and practicing attorney, Jason is committed to open and ethical government. After being elected to the school board in 2012, Nunnermacker gained an understanding of the inner workings of the school district. He is prepared to now tackle the challenges facing a councilman and use his legal experience to keep the city on the right track. “My Hackensack background has taught me to fight for what I believe in,” said Nunnermacker. “I believe in my city and that the only way to protect its future is to be involved in the present.” Nunnermacker is also an executive board member of the Hackensack Blue & Gold Scholarship Fund and the Hackensack Athletic Alumni Association. joanne Mania Colon – A proud Hackensack High School Comet, Colon is a third generation city resident. She has successfully served on the Hackensack Planning Board for 23 years. During that time, many important projects have come before the Board including the recently adopted Main Street Redevelopment Plan. Colon has worked for Cedar Park and Beth El cemeteries for 30 years. She has worked her way through the company’s ranks and is currently the account receivables manager and computer coordinator. She is a member of the New Jersey Cemetery Association where she is chairwoman of its annual convention. She is also a member of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. “My time on the planning board has taught me so much,” said Colon. “I believe that my business experience and my love for the city will make me a very proud and productive councilwoman.” joseph barreto – A career educator, Barreto has worked for the New York City public school system since 1988. He has worked as a bilingual school counselor and teacher, earning awards such as ManContinued on Page 24

Rochelle Park Reorganizes
by PATTI MCnAMARA As he has done many times over the past two decades, Joseph Scarpa became mayor of Rochelle Park on Jan. 6 when his fellow committee members gathered at the annual reorganization meeting and appointed him to lead the township. Scarpa, whose appointment is for one year, takes over the helm from Ken Kovalcik, now deputy mayor. Scarpa, who has served on the Rochelle Park Township Committee since the age of 24, invited William “Pat” Schuber, former Bergen County executive and state assemblyman, to administer the oath of office. Scarpa was surrounded by his parents, sisters and several nieces and nephews when he once again accepted the role he knows so well. “It was a pleasure to represent Rochelle Park in the legislature and I know Joe will do a fine job,” Schuber said. Scarpa, a long-time township resident, said he was looking forward to moving into the mayor’s office again. “I do not take being up here lightly,” he said, promising to accomplish four major goals this year. “I will provide honest and ethical public service. I will continue to fight the redevelopment of Route 17. I will formulate a 2013 budget that will work within the 2 percent cap, and I will continue to look at all shared service opportunities.” Committee members Jayme Ouellette and Michael

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Michael Kazimir sworn in by judge joseph Rotolo with his parents by his side. Kazimir were also sworn into office by the Judge Joseph Rotolo. Ouellette had her husband and daughter by her side, while Kazimir was flanked by his parents as he took the oath of office. Ouellette administered the oath to Rochelle Park Ambulance Corps members including Capt. Roland Jacobsen, First Lt. Ben Varghese and Debbie Gardocki, secretary. Second Lt. Michael Sudol was not in attendance. Kazimir swore in Rochelle Park Fire Chief Dave Brown, Assistant Chief Michael Stearns, Battalion Chief Peter Donatello III, Capt. James Sheridan, Capt. Peter Donatello, and Chaplain Kevin Coffey. Battalion Chief Darryl DeMott and Fire Lts. Alex Seretis and Jeff Wanco were absent. The following appointments were approved in one resolution: Rotolo, township attorney; Kenneth Job, township engineer; DiMaria and DiMaria, auditor; Brian Giblin, prosecutor; Steven Rogut, bond counsel; Bilow Garrett Group, architect; McNerney & Associates and Appraisal System, Inc., appraiser; Beattie Padovano, tax attorney; Michael Kazimir, class III member, Rochelle Park Planning Board; and Roy Riggitano, chief financial officer. Other appointments included Bertha Sneyer as police matron; Dakota Marositz, John Meyer, Stephen Morena and Lesly Alfaro as court officers/court clerk. DeMott was named fire inspector. Henry Borntrager and Don Ferlando were appointed as constables with Chris Sweisberger as lead laborer. Katherine Baccala was reappointed as registrar. Mayoral appointments included the following: Richard Zavinsky and Salvatore Viola, planning board; and Frank Ulloa, Regina Reczkowski, Steve Every, William Sanchez, and Edna Hobbs, recreation commission.

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Spanish, Korean Documents Available
Bergen County Clerk John Hogan recently unveiled a wide array of brochures and election materials that his office now produces in English, Spanish and Korean. The year 2012 was the first time in the history of Bergen County that the federal government required that all election materials be printed in all three languages. The clerk’s office has expanded on the government’s requirements; ensuring all information produced by the office is now translated into all three languages. Included are mail-in ballots, provisional ballots, emergency ballots, machine ballots, brochures, forms and the 2013 elections calendar. “We have gone above and beyond federal requirements that all election related material be printed in the Spanish and Korean languages, as well as English,” said Hogan. “The clerk’s office also took great effort in ensuring all materials are accurately translated.”

April Police youth Academy
In collaboration with forces from Maywood, Rochelle Park and South Hackensack, the Hackensack Police Department is sponsoring its 13th annual Police Youth Academy during the week beginning April 8. The program is open to all qualified male or female students in grades 8 through 12. The week-long academy will meet in Hackensack and will incorporate all aspects of law enforcement. The five days will include field trips, presentations from various law enforcement agencies, military drills and physical training exercises. The program will culminate with a graduation ceremony on Friday, April 12. Applications and further information are available

at or by calling Maywood Police Officer Matthew Parodi at 201-845-2900, ext. 137, or the Hackensack Police Department Juvenile Bureau at 201-646-7732. Space is limited and the deadline for applications to be submitted to the Hackensack Police Department is March 15.

boyfriend Accused as Murderer
The boyfriend of the Englewood mother who was killed along with her 5-year-old daughter on Jan. 28 has been arrested and charged with double murder. Michael Brady, 28, of Teaneck is accused of killing 40-year-old Tam Marie “Tammy” Pitts-Gaddy and Natasia Gaddy of West Palisade Avenue, Englewood. At approximately noon on Jan. 29, Englewood police responded to Pitts-Gaddy’s home for a possible burglary in progress. Officers noticed that a side window leading to the first floor apartment had been forcibly opened and, several people were inside the home. These people were family members who were there checking on the victims, who had not been heard from recently. Brady was also there. Inside the home, PittsGaddy’s lifeless body was found in a first floor bedroom. A further check of the home revealed the lifeless body of Natasia Gaddy in a basement room. Both appeared to be victims of a homicide and the house was secured as a crime scene, reports said. The ensuing investigation conducted by detectives of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit and the Englewood Police Department revealed that Pitts-Gaddy had been dating Brady for the past three years. During that time, he intermittently resided with her and Natasia, who was not his biological child. When not sleeping at Pitt-Gaddy’s apartment, Brady stayed at his parents’ home in Teaneck. Detectives suspect that during the early morning hours of Jan. 28, Pitts-Gaddy and Brady had a fight and he stabbed her. It is believed that the child witnessed the altercation and stabbing and that Brady smothered her to death by holding a plastic bag over her head. He then fled the apartment, police said. On Jan. 29, the victims’ family members spotted Brady at a different location in Englewood and confronted him about Pitts-Gaddy’s whereabouts, and Brady took the relatives to the crime scene and pretended as if he had discovered the bodies when he entered through the window, police said. An autopsy conducted on Natasia Gaddy by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death as asphyxia due to smothering from to the plastic bag. An autopsy of Pitts-Gaddy has not been completed, but her cause of death appears to be multiple stab wounds. Both deaths were ruled homicides by the medical examiner. Brady, a citizen of Jamaica who has been in the United States since the age of 10, has been charged with two counts murder, one count possession of a weapon for and hindering apprehension. He has entered a not guilty plea and is being detained at the Bergen County jail in Hackensack on $2 million bail. Brady is a custodian at Leonia Middle School.

Car Crash Kills Women Two elderly women were killed in a horrific crash on Polifly Road in Hackensack on Jan. 14. At 11:55 a.m., a vehicle traveling east on Sutton Place in Hackensack attempted to make a left turn onto Polifly Road. A vehicle traveling south on Polifly clipped that car, and the impact caused the southbound car to cross over the yellow line and strike a utility pole on the opposite side of the street. The driver was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment. However, the passenger in the rear seat, Jung Sook Sim, 73, of Paramus, suffered a heart attack and died on the scene. The passenger in the front seat, Sun Deuk Ro, 77, of New Milford, died at the hospital. No summonses were issued at the scene Pedestrian Struck At 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 16, a pedestrian was struck at the corner of Main and Passaic streets in Hackensack. The motorist was traveling north on Main Street and struck a 61-year-old man as she made a left onto Passaic Street. Police said the Teaneck victim was not in the crosswalk. He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center but no medical information was available at press time. No summonses were issued at the accident scene. gas Station Attacker Sought The Maywood Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Shell gas station located at the intersection of Maywood Avenue and Passaic Street. The incident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 17 when a suspect approached the gas attendant with a kitchen knife and demanded his money. After receiving a small amount of cash from the victim, the robber fled on foot. Police said he was last seen running eastbound on East Passaic Street and then onto Fairway. The suspect is described as having a stocky build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, blue jeans and black shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maywood

Police Briefs
Police Department’s Detective Bureau, 201-845-8800. Man Attempts Hold Up On Jan. 18, Hackensack police arrested Marcus Hunt, 25, of Hackensack, for attempting to rob a gas station at 134 Green St. At 2:20 p.m., Hunt approached the gas station attendant, placed a sharp object into his stomach and repeatedly demanded money, police said. He then reached into the attendant’s pocket, and the attendant began to yell, drawing attention from passers-by. Hunt allegedly ran off before taking any money and was seen fleeing in a car. A witness provided police with descriptions of the suspect and the car, and Hunt was apprehended during a motor vehicle stop. Hunt was arrested without incident and charged with one count each of robbery, unlawful possession and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, police said. ‘Dealer’s’ Home Searched On Jan. 18, after a weeklong narcotics investigation by Hackensack detectives, a search warrant was executed at a home on Campbell Avenue. During the search, police found a shopping bag containing 13 individual bags of marijuana and a digital scale used to measure narcotics for distribution, police said. The apartment’s tenant, Gopaul Kemradge, 25, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, distribution of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia with the intent to distribute. The following suspected buyers were all charged with possession of marijuana and released on a summons: Luis Molina, Richard Lindoff,

Rolando Mendoza, Dencis Castillo, Danny Romero and Mauricio Fernandez. Darryl Impalli was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon, reports said. library Thieves Sought At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 24, two suspects entered the Maywood Public Library and stole three Dell laptop computers. Fortunately, the library’s surveillance camera captured their images. Anyone who can identify either suspect or has any information relating to the theft is asked to contact the Maywood Police Department at 201-845-8800. ‘Purse Snatcher’ Captured The Maywood Police Department has arrested Hugo Orejuela, 29, of Maywood, for robbery. At approximately 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 28, a man now identified by police as Hugo Orejuela was riding his bicycle south along Maywood Avenue. As he passed a woman who was walking north, he grabbed her purse, which was on her shoulder at the time, and attempted to pull it away. After a brief struggle, the victim freed herself and called for help. A short time later, Maywood Police Officer Walter Moussou spotted a man walking in the Duane Reade lot on the corner of Maywood Avenue and Essex who matched the physical and clothing description of the suspect as described by the victim. After further investigation, Orejuela was arrested charged with robbery.

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Police Director Hired
by MICHAel CoHen One of the more popular and decorated Hackensack police officers to ever serve on the force is on his way back to the city he called home for more than 30 years. This time to save a police department that has been steeped in controversy. Michael Mordaga was named the Hackensack Police Department’s new civilian director during the city council’s Jan. 22 meeting where a large contingent of city police officers and residents had gathered to hear the news first. The move came with much fanfare and support from the police labor union and taxpayers. “We are thrilled to have him,” said John Herrmann, president, Local 9, Policemen’s Benevolent Association. “His experience speaks for itself. I worked with him while he was here from 1998 to 2001, and I have had a good experience knowing him over the years. Mike is going to point us in the right direction.” City Manager Steve Lo Iacono told the crowd that one of Mordaga’s goals was to get residents more involved in their community. “He’d like to follow a strict compliance to get everyone in the department involved in the decision-making process and to build a better rapport with the public.” Mordaga, who was one of more than 30 candidates for the new position, left the Hackenack force in 2002 to take a job as the chief of detectives for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. He retired from that position in 2007, yet decided to apply for the top police job in Hackensack when it was learned that Interim Police Chief Tomas Padilla would be stepping down and would be replaced by a civilian. Padilla took control of the force when the former police chief, Ken Zisa, was indicted on charges of official misconduct and insurance fraud in 2010. It didn’t take long for Padilla, a former Bergen County freeholder, to come under fire for his political affiliations and the public began demanding that an outsider run the force. Mayor Michael Melfi was confident that the council selected the right candidate from the pool. “I know Mike personally,” said Melfi. “He is a very imposing figure from my youth. I am sure that the department is in capable hands with him.” Don Sommerville, coach of the Bergen County Police Athletic League’s boxing program, remembered how Mordaga, during his days as a patrolman, would take kids under his wing and mentor them. “It was the 80’s and I was in the projects and crack was an epidemic,” recalled Sommerville. “Mike would come down and talk to you. Whatever he told you, he meant it. His word was his bond. He was an influence to me. They still talk about Mike as an icon. He’s the Clint Eastwood of police here. He’s going to earn the respect of the officers around here and they can trust him.” A night that began with some tension in the air, as many of the union officers were not sure whom the council had picked as the next director, soon turned into a celebration. During the public comments portion of the meeting, union officers as well as townspeople took to the podium to congratulate the council for its pick. “I want to say that I support your decision, and I have known Mike Mordaga for over 20 years. I have followed his career; he’s one of the top cops in the state. He is great for Hackensack,” said Larry Barr, a local business owner and karate instructor.

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ficer with the Bergen County Narcotics Task Force in 1976, and then joined the Hackensack force. After 25 years in the city, Mordaga left Hackensack in 2002 to take a job as chief of detectives for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office but his ties to Hackensack remained strong. When it came time for the Hackensack City Council to select one among the 30 candidates who applied for the director position, Mordaga was the obvious choice. “The overwhelming support from the Hackensack community as a whole, combined with my love for the City of Hackensack, and the fact that my career as a police officer had been with the Hackensack Police Department, is what brought me back here,” he said. Mordaga is the most decorated cop in Hackensack history with a career that spans more than 30 years. He’s received more than 180 commendations,

Michael Mordaga as a police captain in 1998. executed more than 5,000 arrests and assisted in thousands of drug busts. Twenty years ago, Mordaga founded the Bergen Police Athletic League and remains actively involved with the city’s summer basketball league and various other youth programs. He retired from the prosecutor’s office in 2007 and has been working in the private sector ever since. “I have always been proud of the Hackensack P.D. I remember the feeling I had as a police officer in that department, and I want to bring that same feeling back for the men and wom-

en serving the department now,” he said. Mordaga knows that a change in morale and perception won’t happen overnight and may not be easy. “It’s a large department of 114 officers and you are never going to make everyone happy,” he explained. “But I do think that most officers want to be proud of the department they are part of and want the residents of Hackensack to see them as professionals who will protect and assist them as a police force they can rely on.” Another area that Mordaga is focused on is improving security within Hackensack schools. “I’ve been researching many ideas that I am eager to discuss with the board of education,” Mordaga said. “These ideas rely on law enforcement involvement, not private security.” Mordaga and his wife, Cynthia, have four children, Jenna, Louis, Michael and Anthony.

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The Women of Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Hackensack is hosting a “100 Women of Color” celebration on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the church, 120 Atlantic St. The first-ever event will lead to Varick’s Woman’s Day program in April. Varick Memorial has invited the “Dancing Preacher,” the Rev. Eyesha Marable, a member of Greater Allen Cathedral A.M.E. Church in New York. Marable is the founder of the National Liturgical Dance Network. The purpose of this “100 Women of Color” celebration is to give all women of the community the opportunity to worship together. Men are also welcome to attend. For additional information, contact Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 201-343-8240 or Varick@, or visit www. or

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Cancer Center Shop opens
HackensackUMC recently opened the Dr. Earl & Ingrid Doyne Corner Shop inside the John Theurer Cancer Center. “The Dr. Earl & Ingrid Doyne Corner Shop caters to patients being treated in the John Theurer Cancer Center, offering items that are very special and specific to their needs,” said Robert Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “This corner shop will not only benefit our patients and their families, but the entire medical center as well.” The Astoria Surgical Women’s Health Boutique, located within the Dr. Earl & Ingrid Doyne Corner Shop, provides customized fittings, catering to women who have had breast surgeries in the environment of a high-end shop. The shop offers essential items including, mastectomy products, reconstruction garments, post surgical

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Experts say that this flu season is one of the worst in history. Flu sufferers know the symptoms all too well…fever, cough and/or sore throat, headache, stuffy or runny nose, body ache, chills and fatigue. Many have been prescribed antiviral medications for the flu as well as antibiotics to deal with any secondary infections. In addition, sufferers have gone to their local pharmacies/supermarkets to seek non-prescription/ over-the-counter medications to relieve the discomfort associated with their symptoms. Although these medications may provide relief, there is opportunity for unintentional poisonings and misuse The NJ Poison Experts caution about the dangers of mixing prescription and OTC medications. A common misconception of the public is that non-prescription/overthe-counter medications are not dangerous because they are sold in pharmacies, supermarkets and chain stores without a prescription. On the contrary, such medications may in fact produce serious and possibly fatal side effects/reactions to those taking them. Adverse effects range from agitation to drowsiness and/or stomach upset to liver damage. Select medications that treat only the symptoms you have. For example, use a decongestant if you are congested, but only use decongestants with cough suppressant if you have a cough as well. Remember that more does not mean better. Don’t take medicines longer or in higher doses than the label recommends. If symptoms persist, it is time to see a doctor. Double check ingredients to prevent unintentional overdoses. Many times medications with different names and even different intended purposes contain the same active ingredients. Taking these, even if each is in the intended dose, together can lead to dire consequences including liver damage. For example, acet-

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Steve Potosnak, HackensackUMC Auxiliary; Rosemarie Sorce, HackensackUMC board of governors; Marie Potosnak, HackensackUMC Auxiliary; Peggy liosi, vice president, HackensackUMC Auxiliary; AnnMarie Saccaro, president, HackensackUMC Auxiliary; and Robert garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. camisoles, bathing suits, lymphedema sleeves and supplies, wigs and accessories. Astoria Surgical Women’s Boutique submits insurance claims for customers. The Dr. Earl & Ingrid Doyne Corner Shop will also provide a wide variety of treats, sundries, reading material and gifts. The HackensackUMC Auxiliary, which oversees the medical center’s four corner shops, is the largest of its kind in New Jersey and predates the hospital’s creation in 1888.

aminophen is the same active ingredient in both headache medications, fever reducers and cough products. be particularly careful about converting dose instructions. With liquid medications, it is best to use a measuring spoon or a dosing cup marked in teaspoons, not a common kitchen spoon. Be sure to give infants and children only medications that are safe for their age and weight. Dispose of any unused and/or expired prescription and non-prescription/oTC medication. Remind seniors to do the same. Disposing of mediations will help keep dangerous, addictive drugs off the street thereby decreasing pill abuse. Drop-off sites are available where these medications can be safely discarded. Call the NJ Poison Experts at 800-222-1222 for a local drop-off site near you. Follow the product label instructions. Be sure to put

on a light and your glasses if needed to read the label carefully before each dose is taken or given to someone else. Avoid adverse drug interactions/side effects. Medications may possibly interact with other medications a person is taking or other medical problems he or she may have. If you are currently taking any prescription or non-prescription medications, ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for assistance in choosing non-prescription medications. New Jersey residents seeking immediate information about treating poison emergencies and those with any drug information questions should call the toll-free hot line, 800-222-1222, any time. The hearing impaired may call 973-926-8008. For more information, visit www. or call 973-9729280.

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Free 90-minute Chair Yoga sessions are held every Monday at the Maywood Senior Recreation Center on Duvier Place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Chair Yoga consists of gentle stretches and balancing movements, breathing techniques, relaxation exercises and meditation. Positive aftereffects reduce stress, calm the mind, build stamina and enhance the immune system. Chair Yoga is not intense and never demands painful poses. A mat is not necessary as most activity is done sitting in a chair or standing while holding on to the chair. Chair Yoga is appropriate for men and women who need a healthy activity that doesn’t put strain on the body, stress on the mind, a pinch in the pocketbook or take all day to be effective.

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by joy belgIovene With innovative recipes that use grains as a bed for freshly prepared ingredients, Così of Hackensack has added the Adobo Chicken with Avocado Bowl, the Stuffed Portobello Bowl and the Korean BBQ Pork Bowl to its menu. The Adobo Chicken with Avocado Bowl starts with a bed of blended cabernet rice, lightly coated in Italian dressing, followed by a corn and black bean salsa mixed with hearth-roasted seasonal vegetables. The chicken tinga, which previously appeared in a Così sandwich recipe, is prepared with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. The bowl is topped with freshly diced avocado, homemade pico de gallo served with a lemon. The Così Stuffed Portobello Bowl is designed for vegetable lovers and is less than 400 calories. The seasonal vegetables, currently zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper and cauliflower, are roasted in the Così oven and mixed with cabernet rice to create a throne for the stuffed portobello mushroom. The

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bocconi Ristorante: Simply Divine
by KATHleen KAne With a combined 40 years of restaurant experience gained by working with top industry professionals in New York, former coworkers Frank Gashi, Marco Pipolo and Mario Amon have partnered to open Bocconi Ristorante on Essex Street in Hackensack. Now in its second year, Bocconi is a small place with only 12 white tables. The menu is carefully edited, featuring just a handful of salads and appetizers, eight pasta entrees, and six meat dishes. There are rice balls, mozzarella en carozza, eggplant parmigiana, penne vodka, chicken Milanese and other traditional Italian specialties. There are also featured specials. What Bocconi does do, it does right, say the owners. The grilled mussels regularly appear on the specials menu. They are prepared in a light sauce made with shallots and garlic. A new item on the menu is shitake mushrooms stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat topped with a radicchio, white wine and lemon sauce. This particular dish started with just shrimp but it wasn’t quite right until they added the crabmeat, Gashi said. There is always fresh fish such as sole, wild salmon or tilapia on the menu. Desserts include homemade tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake and a new addition, bananas flambé complete with the flaming

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yum goong, with shrimp and mushroom in lemongrass broth. Appetizers include Crispy Duck and Apple Salad, Fried Tofu in Plum Sauce and Coconut Shrimp. entrees such as original Duck Tamarind and Pad Thai round out the menu. For more information, call 201-8808227 or visit facebook. com/ddthaicuisine.

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Frank Gashi prepares his signature bananas flambé. spectacle. Bocconi, which means small bites in Italian, is able to stand out among the sea of Italian eateries in Bergen County due to the way each guest is treated. The partners ensure that all diners are warmly greeted and made to feel like family. Bocconi’s entrees range in price from $7 to $10 with specials averaging $18. Guests are invited to bring their own beer and wine. Bocconi is located at 363 Essex St., Hackensack. For more information, call 201342-3888 or visit www.

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Hackensack Kills Highlands, 89-50

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Hackensack’s eugene Marshall (no. 5) drives to the hoop against the Highlanders. by MICHAel CoHen Two days before heading to the Bergen County Tournament in Allendale, the Hackensack High School boys’ varsity basketball team was on fire in every facet of the game against Northern Highlands Regional High School on Jan. 31. The Comets dominated the Highlanders, 89-50, sweeping the series and improving to 16-3 on the season. The high-powered Comets were men on a mission on their home turf, bringing playoff intensity to the matchup as they set their sights on possible division and county titles. From the very start, the Comets’ high tempo offense was unstoppable. “We have been talking about getting ready for tournament time,” said Head Coach Gordon Whiting. “Guys are gelling well. They wanted to come out and make a statement that they are ready for the tournament. We know we have players and we have talent. We have been waiting for it to gel. It took for me to step back and let them come together on their own. This whole season has been about the end of the year.” It didn’t take long for the Comets to set the tone of this contest. After Northern Highlands’ Travis Stoller was forced to shoot a threeball quicker than he wanted to, resulting in a miss and board for the Comets, Hackensack began to pull away. On the ensuing Hackensack possession, point guard Chris Myers found a wide open Keyon Lewis (7 points) all alone near the arch waiting for the ball. The pass was perfect; the shot by Lewis was even better, clearing the rim for the three, giving Hackensack the early 7-2 lead. Rashard Figures (18 points) hit back-to-back three-pointers, boosting the Comet lead to 17-12 with three minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Later, senior Jaimik Moore (8 points, 3 assists) found Figures in the corner for a mid-range jump shot, giving Hackensack a 21-12 lead. Figures closed out his monster start with another long range three-pointer, giving Hackensack a 27-16 lead. The Highlander offense, which was so dynamic in the first meeting between these two clubs, had no answer for Hackensack. When they couldn’t get a shot off, they were either stripped of the basketball or watched Hackensack’s Moore and Anthony Uribe and Lewis play terrific defense on the boards. Northern Highlands’ Mike Menakis, who was deadly in the first meeting, was held to only three points in the first quarter alone. Soon, the Highlanders were attempting desperation three’s and missing. Hackensack’s domination continued into the second quarter, where they outscored the Highlanders 26-6. The Highlanders only attempted 12 shots in the entire quarter, with most of their possessions ending in turnovers. Hackensack’s size and speed was too much to handle. Hackensack’s Eugene Marshall was a major presence inside the paint, scoring eight of his 12 points in this quarter. Uribe opened up the quarter with a three-ball, building the lead to 32-18. Myers (9 points) would score a backbreaking three-pointer for Hackensack to increase the lead to 21. Finally, Figures complete a bucket and two free throws for the Comets, and Hackensack led 53-22 at the break. Toward the end of the contest, Comets senior Joey Diaz was on fire. He nailed three consecutive threepointers from the corner and added a drive to the hoop for 11 points on the night as Hackensack closed out an electrifying team effort. Next up, the Bergen County Tournament. “Bergen Catholic will be a great first challenge for us,” Whiting said. Hackensack enters this playoff game having won four in a row, and Whiting knows the time is now. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the division, the county and the states. That hasn’t changed. The closer we get to it, the more we feel like we have a chance.”

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Parishioners Prepare Free Meals
The First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack recently joined forces with the Bergen Volunteer Center to provide meals for the AmeriCorps volunteers who are rebuilding Hurricane Sandy-damaged homes in Little Ferry and Moonachie. From Jan. 14 through Jan. 29, David Keller of Maywood, Betty McNair of Hackensack, Gilbert Robinson and Majory Appiah of Hackensack, the Rev. Steven and Dotty McClelland and Steve and Tracy Manton of Oradell shopped, cooked and delivered meals to the volunteers.

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Home Design on Main
by CHRISTIne PeReZ Designers are beginning to see new trends emerge in the world of home design. With the wide array of furniture shops located along Main Street in Hackensack, it’s possible to update your home affordably by shopping locally. Check out some of the hottest trends in home décor this year: emphasis on Art: The increasing accessibility of artwork has not diminished its value as core pieces of home design. Creations in glass (344 Main St.) turns your everyday windows in to pieces of art. Have a skylight that is bland or a window that is always covered by curtains or blinds? Turn them into stained glass creations that will be instant conversation pieces. Comfort is King: bruce the bed King (463 Main St.) can add some much-deserved comfort to your home. In the past, comfort has taken a backseat to style when it comes to innovative design. In 2013, the two will coexist and offer the best of both worlds: overstuffed armchairs and pillowtop mattresses are some of the most sought after items. Homey Kitchens: Until now, kitchen trends have skewed toward stainless steel appliances, huge, open layouts and clean-cut edges. The year 2013 is bringing warmth back into kitchen design. Aaron’s Furniture (190 Main St.) offers an affordable selection of dining tables and chairs that will add warmth to any home. Designers are focusing on modern materials that look vintage. Think slate, irregular floors and weathered concrete. Fashion Flooring: Throughout the 2000s, carpet took a backseat to hardwood and laminate. But we are now seeing a vibrant mix of small scale, unique rugs amidst classic hardwood floors. brothers Carpet and Flooring (392 Main St.) offers a vast selection of looks and styles for anyone’s taste in décor. Sophisticated Man Caves: The man cave continues to be all the rage this year as men everywhere try to outdo one another with these over-thetop hideaways. Find everything you need to create the ideal man cave at Adora Furniture (205 Main St.). With a huge selection of entertainment centers, comfy couches and even home bars, Adora is the destination for you. Technology and entertainment play an important role in the creation of the perfect man cave. Incorporating Antique: Designers are adding unique pieces to the mix when redesigning living spaces. Many of these pieces aren’t truly antique; they simply have a vintage feel. Stores such as best Deal Furniture (307A Main St.) offer a wide selection at affordable prices, allowing you to find a standout piece to transform your home. Upper Main Street offers a wide variety of furniture stores to suit every style and budget. For a full listing of businesses on Upper Main Street, visit

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The Subway sandwich shop located at 335 Main St. in Hackensack has been presented with the 2012 Single Unit owner of the year Award for north America. This shop was selected from 38,000 stores. The award was earned because of building sales and increasing profitability while garnering excellent scores on evaluations.

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Unanimous vote green-lights Plan
The Hackensack City Council voted unanimously during its Jan. 8 public meeting to adopt the State Street Redevelopment Plan, paving the way for a project with high density and mixed-use components. “In 2012, we laid the groundwork to move Hackensack to the front of the line of municipalities across the state and nation, using sensible and sound planning and redevelopment practices to bring residents back to downtown living,” said Mayor Mike Melfi. “The adoption of this plan tonight brings us one critical step closer to seeing shovels in the ground.” City Manager Stephen Lo Iacono commended the city council for its decision. “The residents of Hackensack can be proud to know that their local governing body is acting to make their city better,” he said. “We’re just eight days into the New Year, yet 2013 can already be marked as one of progress.” Upper Main Alliance Chairman Jerry Lombardo described Hackensack’s downtown corridor as being “on a fast track to returning to the vibrant community of generations past.” “I appreciate that city officials continue to seek the input of business owners in this community and look forward to continuing to work hand in hand to make our city an even better to live in, work in or visit,” Lombardo added.

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Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council member companies Community Bank of Bergen County, Five Star Premier Residences and law firm Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman and Leonard recently participated in Bergen County’s “Project Homeless Connect.” These companies sponsored and served breakfast to 200 homeless clients of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack. The BVC is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and mobilizes more than 30,000 employee volunteers annually to address serious social concerns. Engagement City: Media: Insertion Date(s):

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Free Fashion Design Session
lege School of Continuing Education, Corporate and Public Sector Training is offering a free, public informational session for a certificate program in fashion design for adults looking to change careers or, begin a new career. On March 2, Adua Celentano, haute couture fashion designer, will discuss pattern making, draping, sketching and accessories at an open house. Attendees can browse through a sample of dresses, skirts, suits and accessories designed by Bergen students.


The open house willSize: at Ad begin 3.875” X 2 p.m. at the Technology EduSection: ENTERTA cation Center, Room 128, at Bergen’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. To register, call Ria Bloss, program supervisor, School of Continuing Education, at 201447-7466.

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Community bank of bergen County employees on the food service line, Carol Feeney, Maywood; Trish Haskins, Maywood; Sandra bartolone, lodi; Sue Miuccio, Wayne; Crystal Coronado, Rochelle Park; Sandra gonzalez, elmwood Park.

Rochelle Park Shutterbug’s exhibit
by joy belgIovIne Chip Renner, a Rochelle Park resident and long-time photographer, is displaying his recent work at the Paramus Public Library through the end of February. For this exhibit, Renner focused on a digital HDR (high dynamic range) technique. An HDR image is made by taking three photos of the same scene, each at different shutter speeds. A software process then combines all the photos to create a finished image. “I had noticed that there were different images being produced by fellow photographers and it was nothing like what I had seen before,” Renner explained. “With

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“Salem Street bridge,” photographed by Chip Renner from the Hackensack side is one of the works now on display at the Paramus Public library. HDR, you can turn a photo into a piece of artwork. This process lets you get the best exposures and more information into your images.”

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The Daughters of Majestic Temple no. 215 hosted an annual food drive at Majestic elks lodge no. 153 on First Street in Hackensack on jan. 12. A total of 24 boxes and bags of food were collected and delivered to food pantries in Hackensack. Pictured: Louise Scott, Alice Miller, Brenda Troublefield (chairwoman), Darleen Francis, Daughter Ruler Elsie Brown, Sallie Johnson and Mashona Troublefield.

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Conservatory Accepts local Singer
Timothy Fisher has been accepted for the American Music and Dramatic Academy, College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New York City. Admission to AMDA is extremely competitive. Students come from all over the globe and are selected from auditions held in more than 35 cities. Timothy has been performing since the age of 2 and has participated in Hackensack High School musicals including Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz, Grease and Rent. Timothy is part of

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Armand Alessandrini enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 8, 1943 at the age of 28. He trained at Parris Island, S.C. and at other stateside camps and shipped out overseas with the Fourth Marine Division in January 1944. Alessandrini fought in the Pacific Theater on the Marshall Islands, Tinian and Saipan Islands. According to his cousin, Sheldon Freschi, 91, Alessandrini had enough credits to come home but chose to stay with his fellow Marines. The next stop was the volcanic windswept island of Iwo Jima. That’s where Alessandrini was killed in on March 8, 1945. On that day, the Record newspaper reported that John Basilone, the famous Medal of Honor recipient who was honored for his actions on Guadalcanal, had been killed in action the previous month. The news of Alessandrini’s death was not reported until a month later, on April 10, 1945. Visit Hackensack High School’s veterans’ Web site, http://veterans.hackensackschools. org/, and click on Researched Veterans and then click on Alessandrini’s story under World War II. It was recorded by Teresa Martin in a book on veterans she put together on May 30, 1947. Armand Alessandrini stepped up to serve and paid the highest price. Let us never forget the Marine’s sacrifice. Bob Meli Hackensack

legion Congratulates oratorical Winners
The Bergen County American Legion is proud to announce the winners of its 2013 Oratorical Contest, which took place at Rochelle Park American Legion Post 170 on Jan. 6. The first place winner, who will represent the county at the District 1 contest in February, was Anne Li, of Washington Township. Anne, a student at Bergen County Academies, was sponsored by Westwood Post 206. The second place winner was Emily Kaufman of Edgewater, a student at Leonia High School who was sponsored by Leonia Post 1 and Edgewater Post 116. The third place winner was Amin Khan of Hackensack, a student at Hackensack High School sponsored by Hackensack Post 55. The winners will receive their awards as part of the Americanism program held during the county convention on May 11 at Elmwood Park Post 147. For God and country, we continue to serve. Commander Bob Salvini Bergen County American Legion

Maywood Parade Planning Underway now
The Maywood Fourth of July Committee has scheduled the following meeting dates for 2013: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5. Meetings, which are open to the public, will take place 7:30 p.m. at the Maywood American Legion, 135 E. Passaic St. Any organization interested in participating in the 2013 parade is should contact Carole Feeney at 201-805-9137 before May 1. The County Seat - February 2013 - Page 15

Students at Paramus Catholic High School took center stage during last month’s performances of the hit comedy Stage Door where more than 500 theater lovers watched the result of rehearsals that began last fall. There were 32 students in the cast and seven in the stage crew. The production starred seniors James Teresco III (of Bloomfield), Selena Hart (of North Arlington), Gabrielle Sarrubbo (of Pomona, N.Y.), Kenneth Barilari (of Clifton), and freshman Kaleigh Diamond (of Maywood). Stage Door, written by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, is about a group of girls who come to New York to study acting and find jobs. Over the course of the play, the audience learns about

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Raising good Cholesterol Does not Prevent Heart Attacks
by PHIlIP DIPASQUAle ing these numbers artificially with statin drugs does reward If you have higher levels the drug makers and does get of high-density lipoprotein you a pat on the back from (also known as HDL or good you physician, it does not cholesterol), you have a low- prevent heart attacks. er risk of having a heart atThis fact is the reason why tack. Population studies have the clinical trial of the latest proved this. However, rais- billion-dollar, blockbuster ing HDL levels with drugs cholesterol drug, dalctrapid, is useless in preventing heart was stopped. The drug perattacks. The reason is simple. formed as planned, accomNormally, higher HDL levels plishing the gold standard in are indicative of better nutri- cardiac medicine: it lowered tion, better exercise habits total cholesterol and raised and healthier liver function HDL levels. However, it - all factors that help pre- failed to prevent heart atvent heart attacks. But higher tacks. So do not try to raise HDL levels raised by a statin HDL levels with drugs. It drug are not indicative of any will not work and will probof these. Instead, they are just ably cause problems for your muscles and liver. Instead, artificially raised levels. I have maintained that use good nutrition, good exmanipulating cholesterol ercise habits and keep the numbers (lowering total toxins and poisons out of cholesterol and raising HDL your life to keep your liver cholesterol) is the cure only happy since most cholesterol for cholesterol phobia -the is made in the liver. So what actually causes unwarranted fear of cholesterol. Although manipulat- heart disease?

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Dr. Philip DiPasquale The bold physicians who are blowing the lid off the cholesterol scam have their own idea about the cause of heart disease. Inflammation of the blood vessels causes reduction of blood flow, potential clots and resultant stroke and heart attacks. That is exactly what the smartest of the smart in cardiology are proclaiming as the cause of heart disease. Inflammation is caused by too much sugar from too many carbohydrates and the high levels of insulin that they cause. Remarkably, treating the underlying cause of heart disease allows patients to truly get well and actually cure their heart disease. The right protocol usually includes nutrients, whole vitamins A, D, F and K and cod liver oil. These are the most anti-plaque nutrients known. The right protocol contains the whole vitamin B (including B4), C and E complexes and following the Mediterranean diet, which includes fish, olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables. When eating correctly, exercising regularly and taking the correct supplements, which are never a part of any conventional medical treatment, you will prevent heart attacks and live longer. Dr. Philip Di Pasquale is a chiropractic physician and nutritionist. He can be contacted at Bergen Spine & Wellness Center, 106 West Pleasant Ave., Maywood, N.J., 07607, 201-820-1441.

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The Paramus Catholic cast of Stage Door. their hopes, ambitions, challenges and struggles as they try to find their place in the acting industry. James Loranger, an English and drama teacher at Paramus Catholic High School, directed the production.


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by joy belvIovIne The Maywood Municipal Court has heard its last case. As of Feb. 1, the Paramus Municipal Court will handle all motor vehicle summonses, criminal complaints and other court matters pertaining to Maywood. Maywood Borough Administrator Roberta Stern said the decision was made as a cost-savings measure. By combining courts, Maywood will save approximately $170,000 annually. This type of shared services agreement is permitted as part of Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Law. Maywood will retain all monies obtained through fines and court costs. The borough will pay an estimated $70,000 annually to Paramus for use of its municipal court facilities and staff. Maywood Mayor Gregg Padovano said he and the borough council began discussions with Paramus officials last year on how to best carry out the merger. Two borough employees, the court administrator and deputy administrator, have been terminated but
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are helping with the transition this month. “This is a deal that is very beneficial for the town of Maywood,” said Padovano. “There is no parking at our municipal building, so that problem is now alleviated. Paramus has ample parking, is easy to get to, a nice building, a large court room. I know it will work out very well.” Richard Conte will serve as the Paramus municipal court judge, yet Joseph Mecca, an interim municipal judge, will hear the Maywood cases. Maywood court will be conducted every other Friday. Municipal court mergers are the latest trend in shared services among municipalities in New Jersey. In 2011, Bogota Municipal Court business was moved to Little Ferry Municipal Court, and the municipalities of Montvale, Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake merged their individual municipal courts to create the Pascack Joint Municipal Court, based in Montvale. Joseph LaPaglia, former Woodcliff Lake mayor who served from 2004 through 2011, explained that the transition to merge the three bor-

ough municipal courts went very smoothly and the decision has been beneficial to all. “Park Ridge, Montvale and Woodcliff Lake have had a long successful history of shared services with our TriBoro Volunteer Ambulance Corps,” he said. “Sharing a municipal court was a natural next step, and it’s been very successful in administrative efficiency and serving our residents. It’s been more cost effective than operating our own stand-alone court.” Gov. Chris Christie has long been a proponent of shared services among towns and has often spoken of municipal consolidation during his town hall meetings. He has praised Princeton Township’s and Princeton Borough’s decision to merge and become one Princeton, a merger which officially took effect in January. Maywood is already in a shared services agreement with Hackensack to handle its garbage and recycling collection. “We are going to keep looking at more of these type of shared services,” Padovano said.


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last spring, elementary school principals from the Paramus public school district were presented a Dream grant from the Paramus Chamber of Commerce education Foundation. The funds enabled Memorial School to buy a “green screen” and camera equipment necessary to create “In the news,” a program where fourth graders write and film innovative real-time video productions that resemble Tv broadcasts.

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Teaneck needs emergency volunteers
The Teaneck Office of Emergency Management is recruiting volunteers to help municipal employees with the setup of the Rodda Center as a Temporary Transition Facility (TTF) during emergencies, including major storms, floods, fires and other disasters. This facility will serve as a warming/cooling and activity center that will receive, register, and determine additional needs of displaced Teaneck residents. Food and lodging are not anticipated to be offered at this time. Volunteers will not be asked to enter emergency scenes or to perform hazardous duties. Instead, they will support township employees in the operation of the facility. Training will be provided at no cost by the

American Red Cross. All applicants will be subject to a background check. To volunteer, contact Teaneck Human Resources Director Dean Kazinci at or 201- 837-1600 ext. 1651.

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east brook Middle School students Anthony Wu and Anum Ilyas have been named finalists in the National Geographic bee. Anum, the Paramus school’s overall champion, will next compete to reach the state level competition.

Community Calendar
AT THe lIbRARIeS joHnSon lIbRARy Library closed: Feb. 18, Mar. 29, May 27, 28. gAlleRy AnD CASeS: A Kaleidoscope of Paintings by Brazilian artist Simone Raybuad and friends. e. Zoe HASSMAn in concert Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. “Bowling Out of the Box.” Free to everyone. job ReADIneSS WoRKSHoP Feb. 6 – 21 for 6, 2-hour sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sign up for morning or afternoon session. Registration is required. Call or e-mail Cynthia Handy at 201-488-0424 or HeAlTHCARe AnD TAXeS What You Should Know, in English on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Program in Spanish on Feb. 21. H&R Block tax professionals presenting. SAy no To SCAMMeRS Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. How you can recognize different types of scams. InSPeCT yoUR gADgeT Feb. 7, 14, 2, 28. Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28. 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. leARn To PlAy gUITAR March 9 – May 4 (no class on April 27). 8-week Saturday class, Introduction to Guitar for Hackensack children ages 8 – 18. Must bring your own guitar. $50/ materials fee. Performance on May 4 at 2:30 p.m. FRIDAy AFTeRnoon AT THe MovIeS Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Call the library for film information. booK DISCUSSIon gRoUP Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. 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 Feb. 16, Mar. 16 at 9:15 a.m. Preregistration required. MAgIC TRee HoUSe booK ClUb Feb. 25, Mar. 18 at 3:30 p.m. For grades 1 – 3. Pre-registration required. gone FISHIn’ Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Grades 2 and up. Pre-registration required. ST. PATRICK’S DAy CelebRATIon on March 14 at 3:30 p.m. SPRIng egg HUnT on Mar. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ARTS AnD CRAFTS. Feb. 11, for Valentine Craft. For grades 2 and up at 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. booK bIngo Fridays at 2:30 p.m. lego DAy Feb. 20, Mar. 20 at 3:30 p.m. vIDeo gAMe ClUb Feb. 6, Mar. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Junior Department. Grades 4 – 6 only. No pre-registration required. TeCH TIMe Feb. 7, 14, Mar. 7, 11. For Grades 3 – 5. Thursday at 3:30 p.m.; must attend both sessions. Preregistration required. SATURDAy MovIeS at 2 p.m. Call the library for details. Teen TUeSDAyS from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. For grades 7 – 12 only. Always Internet and board games. Feb. 5, for Kinect. Feb. 12, Just Dance 3. Feb. 26, Street Fighter. Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26. Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23. 30. May 7, 14, 21. 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. CoMPUTeR AnD eSl WoRKSHoP at 10 a.m. Learn beginner computer skills and English as well. eSl AnD englISH ConveRSATIon waiting list names now being taken for upcoming class for Hackensack residents only. FReegAl, FReADIng AnD vIDeo gAMeS offers free music, free new e-books and video games available at Hackensack.bccls. org. Also borrow a Kindle. Contact Catherine Folk-Pushee for complete information. Borrow a Kindle offered to Hackensack members. library board Meeting Dates 2013 Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, June 11, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10. Meetings will take place at 274 Main St. at 4 p.m. 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. johnsonPubliclibrary. Call 201343-4169 ext. 14 or visit Hackensack. MAyWooD lIbRARy RoMAnTIC MUSIC ConCeRT Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. with the Kaliope Music Society. CHIlDRen’S vAlenTIne’S DAy MUSIC ConCeRT Jan. 14 from 11a.m. – noon. Instrumentals, voice, music, guitar and stories for children. MovIe: UnSInKAble MollIe bRoWn Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Maywood Recreation Department. AMeRICAn Song booK ConCeRT Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. with Bob Wylde’s Jazz band. Doo-WoP eDUCATIon ConCeRT Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. with New Jersey Doo-Wop and Street Corner Harmony Association. HoMe MoDIFICATIon FoR SAFeTy AnD InDePenDenCe leCTURe Feb. 25 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Brought to you by Seniors Blue Book. gIFT A booK FUnDRAISeR dedicate and donate a children’s/young adult book or books. All books are $5. Each patron 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. 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. AFTeRnoon SCRAPbooK ClUb meets Feb. 5, Feb. 19 for the basics of scrapbooking with Stephanie Rogers. Register at the front desk. DRoP-In SCRAPbooKIng DAy on the second Sunday of each month from 2 – 4 p.m. Bring your own pictures and supplies; the library has scissors and paper. ADUlT booK ClUb second Friday of the month Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. The book will be Different Seasons by Stephen King. Book title, schedule and registration available at the front desk. Book club is led by Louise Feulner. SoCIAl MeDIA ToolS FoR PeoPle In job TRAnSITIon Learn how to harness our connections through social media with career coach, Alex Freund. Feb. 7, 1 – 2:30 p.m. CIRCle TIMe on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays 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 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. 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 Daniella Hernandez photography of animals, nature, sports and water. DeSIgn yoUR Won AFRICAn MASK For grades 3 and up on Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Nancy Leary will explain how patterns can be identified and used creatively. yoUng ADUlT eXHIbIToRS WAnTeD to display art work. All art is welcome. Contact Jenna at 201845-2915. MAyWooD loCAl HISToRy RooM by appointment only; for group tours call Carol Dass at 201-8458830 or visit 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. FIlM SCReenIng Feb. 11 of the film “Sparkle” 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. In THe SPoTlIgHT Feb. 18, travel film series on presidential estates at 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Free and open to all with first come seating. lADIeS nIgHT oUT booK ClUb at 7 p.m. Books available at library’s circulation desk. Refreshments will be served. Feb. 20, Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Gooldrick. Mar. 20, Little Princes by Conor Grennan. AFTeRnoon booK ClUb Feb. 15 with brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m. The book will be Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan. Discussion at 1 p.m. Coffee and tea provided. 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 Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Next meetings: Feb. 26, Mar. 19. SIng-A-long SToRyTIMe for ages 2 – 5 with parent or caregiver at 10 a.m. Mar. 19 MovIe MATInee Feb. 18, all ages welcome at 3 p.m. No registration necessary. RAvenoUS ReADeRS on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. for grades 5 - 6. Next meetings: Feb. 6, Mar. 5. PAge TURneRS on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for grades 3 and 4. Next meetings: Feb. 5, Mar. 12. be’TWeen: after-school crafts and cooking program for grades 5 – 7 on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Feb. 12, Mar. 12. HAPPy bIRTHDAy jUDy blUMe for grades 3 – 5 on Feb. 11 from 4 – 4:45 p.m. gUng HAy FAT CHoy for grades K-4 on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the Lunar New Year. HAPPy vAlenTIne’S DAy Feb. 14 from 4 – 4:45 p.m. for grades K – 4 with stories and a craft. SoARIng Feb. 20 for grades K-4 from 3 – 3:45 p.m. Learn the history of Africans Americans in space. beACH PARTy Feb. 21 for grades K-4 from 3 – 3:45 p.m. Pretend it’s summer and play games, listen to groovy music and snack. PAnCAKeS, PAnCAKeS, PAnCAKeS Feb. 15 for grades 2-5 to celebrate National Pancake Month from 10 a.m. Feb. 22 for grades K-4 at 3 p.m. ART KIDS RUle make a Bali Mask Design on Feb. 19 from 7 – 8 p.m. for grades 5 – 8. Register beginning Feb. 5. ReAD ACRoSS AMeRICA DAy March 1 for Dr. Seuss story and a craft for ages 4 – grade 4 from 4 – 4:45 p.m. Register by Feb. 15. eDIble eXPeRIMenTS for grades 3 – 4 building life-size snacks Mar. 19 from 3 p.m. Ages 4 – grade 2 at 3:45 p.m. Register by Mar. 6. elePHAnT AnD PIggIe PARTy to celebrate National Pig Day, Mar. 20 from 3:45 – 5 p.m. for ages 4 – grade 2. Register by Mar. 6. HAPPy bIRTHDAy, RAnDolPH CAlDeCoTT! Mar. 22 from 1:15 – 2 p.m. for ages 3 – 5. Listen to awardwinning picture books and have a snack. Register by Mar. 8. SUPeRHeRo PARTy Mar. 22 from 4 – 4:45 p.m. for grades K – 4. Listen to superhero books and decorate your own mask and cape. Register by Mar. 8. HIgH SCHool booK ClUb for grades 9 – 12 at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, Mar. 26 meeting at Paramus High School in the Media Center. Teen WeDneSDAyS AT MAIn Cooking Club from 3:30 – 5 p.m. For grades 5-8. Feb.13, 27. Mar. 13. Teen Crafts, Feb. 20. Rock Band/Glee Karaoke on Feb. 6, Mar. 6. MARCH MAKeoveR MADneSS Mar. 5 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. for grades 5-8. Register beginning Feb. 19. Teen TeCH WeeK 2013 Mar. 10 – 16 with a scavenger hunt using your camera phone. For grades 5 and up. PI DAy Mar. 14 from 3 – 5 p.m. for grades 5-8. Registration beginning Feb. 28. Teen ADvISoRy boARD for grade 8– 12 at 2:30 p.m. Meeting: Feb. 4, Mar. 4. gAMe DAyS for grades 5 and up form 3 – 4 p.m. Mar. 6. 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. WeeKly evenTS AT ReID Marvelous Mondays for grades K-4 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for Wii games through Mar. 12. Terrific Tuesday, Movie matinee for all ages from 3:30 – 5 p.m. through Mar. 12. Creative Thursdays for Arts and Crafts for grades K-4 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. through Mar. 15. Fantastic Fridays with Picture Book Bingo for all ages from 3:30 – 5 p.m. through Mar. 15. SPeCIAl PRogRAMS AT ReID Celebrate Chinese New Year, Feb. 8 from 3 – 5 p.m. for all ages. Drop-in. Valentine’s Workshop Feb. 7, 8 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for grades K-5. Read Across America party Mar. 1 from 3-5 p.m. for all ages. Drop-in. TeRRIFIC TUeSDAyS MovIe MATInee through Mar. 12 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. All ages welcome. Drop-in. CelebRATe CHIneSe neW yeAR Feb. 8 from 3 – 5 p.m. Drop-in. All ages welcome. 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 201599-1300 or visit 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. Afterhours jam session TBA. $3/cover. Call 201-634-1400. Feb. 4, 7 TeAneCK Auditions for All Shook Up presented by the Teaneck New Theatre from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 Chadwick Rd. Call backs are Feb. 9 from 2 – 5 p.m. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song from this period of rock. Also be prepared to read. Call 201-692-0200 or visit Feb. 9 TeAneCK Winning Minds and Hearts: War Poems by vietnam veterans presented by the Puffin Cultural Forum at 7 p.m. $10/benefit for the Warrior Writers program. Reservations recommended. Call 201-836-3499 or visit Feb. 8 -10 FAIR lAWn 2nd Annual one Act Play Festival presented by the Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s Old Library Theatre at The Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th St. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Four plays included. Call 201-797-3553 or visit Feb. 14 SUFFeRn Darlene love, “Sounds of love” at the Lafayette Theater, 112 Main St. at 8 p.m. $30, $40, $75. Visit Feb. 16 HASbRoUCK HeIgHTS The Melochords “We Live, We Love, We Sing” presented by St. John’s The Divine Church, 333 Franklin Ave., at 7 p.m. $15. Refreshments will be served with concert to follow at 8 p.m. Call 201-288-0002. Feb. 16 – Mar. 9 oRADell Beehive presented by The Bergen County Players at The Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $22. Visit bcplayers. org or call 201-261-4200. Feb. 17 TeAneCK Classical Sundays at the Puffin presents Pianist yael Weiss at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, at 4 p.m. $10. Reservations suggested. Call 201-836-34799 or visit Feb. 22 – Mar. 2 PARAMUS The Farnsworth Invention presented by Bergen Community College at the Ender Hall Laboratory Theatre, 400 Paramus Rd. Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m. Special panel following the Feb. 28 performance. $12, $7/students and seniors. Call 201447-7428 or visit Feb. 22, Mar. 8, 22 nyACK guitar Magic Series presented by ArtsRock at the Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Celebrate Hendrix. Mar. 8, Celebrate Clapton. Mar. 22, Celebrate The Beatles. $25/adults. Seniors/$20. Young adult under 35/$15. Visit Feb. 23 TeAneCK Lifebuoy Thrown with Edgar Weinstock at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way at 8 p.m. Call 201-836-3499 or visit Mar. 2 FAIR lAWn garnet Rogers at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St. at 8 p.m. $22/members, $25/non-members. Visit or call 201384-1325. Mar. 3 TeAneCK Little Red Riding Hood presented by the Pink Flamingo Puppets at Teaneck Library at 2 p.m. Call 201-837-4171 ext. 3 or visit Mar. 23 HASbRoUCK HeIgHTS Comedian Adam Ferrara presented by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County at Bananas Comedy Club at 8 p.m. $30 plus one drink or food purchase minimum. Call 201-489-9454 by Mar, 12. Mar. 24 HIllSDAle Adelphia Chamber orchestra presents Diane Wittry featuring child piano prodigy Alice Burla at Pascack

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by MICHAel CoHen

Clifton overpowers Hackensack 2-1
However, Clifton’s offensive charge and size ultimately proved to be too much to handle. With 2:29 to go in the contest, Chris DiFalco scored on a pass by Tim Finan to give Clifton a 2-1 lead. DiFalco scored both goals for Clifton. His first goal came midway through the second period, with Clifton pressing the puck behind Hackensack’s blue line for much of the evening. After a number of attempts on goal, it was DiFalco who punched it in with an unassisted goal with 5:29 to go in the second period. Hackensack struggled offensively. The Comets couldn’t seem to move the puck into Clifton territory, as their passes were knocked

Unable to do much offensively on the ice, the Hackensack High School boys’ varsity ice hockey team suffered its third loss in a row, dropping a 2-1 decision to Clifton High School on Jan. 27. The loss at the Ice House put the Comets at 9-9-2 with just four games left to play in the season. After struggling to find the net throughout the course of the night, the Comets appeared to finally regain life when Hackensack’s Thomas Foschini worked his way around the Clifton perimeter and snuck the puck past goalie Bill Gibson to tie the game with 3:51 to go in the game.

Photo Courtesy: Michael Cohen

Hackensack and Clifton ice hockey players battle for the puck at the Ice House. away by the Clifton defensemen. In the first period alone, Hackensack attempted only nine shots, while Clifton attempted 11 shots. On three separate occasions Hackensack was penalized for taking slap shots in front of the blue line, forcing a change of possession. The biggest stars of the day for the Comets were forwards Ian Baker and Robert Marut. Both of them were extremely

Time for Spring Sports

The Hackensack High School Sports Health Office is now accepting sports forms for spring sports 2013. The deadline is March 1, 2013. Forms may be downloaded from the athletic Web site or the sports nurse in Room 179. Only the Player-Parental Agreement and Health History are required if a fall and/or winter sport has been played. Spring sports include softball, baseball, spring track and field, golf, men’s tennis and men’s volleyball.

aggressive with the puck, attempting shot after shot whenever they had an open attempt at the net. Marut had 10 shots, while Baker attempted six shots on goal. However, Clifton’s Gibson did a great job defending the goal, both blocking shots and kicking them out. Defensemen Steven Shanley and Mark Surgent overpowered all Hackensack shooters with hard checks into the glass and battles for the puck behind the net. Hackensack goalie Steven Geerlof was exceptional in the net for the Comets. He was credited with 21 saves and held his ground whenever Clifton crowded the net. The Comets are next scheduled to face Bayonne High School on Feb. 1 at the Ice House.

boys’ Track Team excels
Despite losing six starters from last year’s powerful team, the Hackensack High School boys’ track team recently won the Northern New Jersey Track and Field Championship, defeating powerhouse teams from Don Bosco and Ridgewood. Hackensack won this meet for the first time since 2003. The boys then followed up by winning the Big North Championship, scoring 135 points to Ridgewood’s 110. The team is led by senior Mike Cummings, a multi-talented athlete who excels in the high jump, hurdles, hurdles, long jump and triple jump, and junior Chris Mascetti, who is establishing himself as one of the area’s premier distance runners. Mascetti won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races in the league meet. Cummings and Mascetti, along with Stephen Sweeting and Pablo Nieto, jointly set a new school record in the distance medley relay while recently winning a race at the 168th Street Armory Track and Field Center in New York.

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Community Calendar
Valley Regional High School, 200 Piermont Ave. at 3 p.m.$20/suggested donation. Call 201-477-0406 or visit 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 Contact Amanda Missey, membership chairwoman, at 201-281-8587 or amissey@ every Thursday MAyWooD Maywood Rotary Club meets at Maywood Inn for lunch on Thursdays. Feb. 8, District Gift of Life dinner at the Venetian Restaurant, Garfield at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, June 7, Feed the Hungry at HHMC, 120 River Street, Hackensack. Deliver stew by 3 p.m. Servers at 3:30 p.m. March 15, drawing for the “Luck of the Irish” raffle at the American Legion Hall. Mar. 16 – 19, District 7490 Annual Conference at the Mystic Motel and Spa, Mystic, Conn. Call 201-843-8763. HACKenSACK business volunteer Council events Fifth Fridays at Stony Hill Inn: March 22 with Kevin Wright historian and author at 11:30 a.m., May 31 and Nov. 22. $35. Celebrate Volunteers, April 10 at Bergen Academies, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Derby Day, May 4 at Apple Ridge Country Club from 3:30 – 7 p.m. $100. Night at the Races, July 19 at Meadowlands Racetrack from 6 – 10 p.m. Bergen County Golf Classic, July 29 at Ridgewood Country Club. Bergen Bike Tour at Darlington Park September 2013. $35/registration fee. For information on all events call 201489-9454 or visit or HACKenSACK Regional Chamber of Commerce Feb. 7, Beefsteak Dinner at Hasbrouck Heights Elks Lodge, 128 Baldwin Ave. from 6 – 9 p.m. $50. Entertainment by Master Magician Kevin Lane. Feb. 28, Business-After-Hours with ICC Members at FDU Rothman Center. March 5, 3-Minute Networking at Garden State Plaza. The Chamber will be honored by the Hackensack Education Foundation on March 13 at Maggiano’s Little Italy at 7 p.m. $45. March 20, Indoor Moonlight Picnic at the Moose Lodge in Hackensack. Call 201-880-1898. 201-489-3700 or visit MeADoWlAnDS Meadowlands Regional Chamber events ELN Leads and Lattes on Feb. 7 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14, Lunch for Love with Carrabba’s Italian Grill to benefit nonprofit organizations. Feb. 21, Monthly membership meeting. Feb. 26, Improve Your Bottom Line for Strategies for Developing Successful Business and Nonprofit Partnerships. Visit ClASSeS FoR ADUlTS AnD CHIlDRen Mondays HACKenSACK Citizenship Classes at the Johnson Library from 10 – 11 a.m. Call 201343-4169 ext. 21. HACKenSACK

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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 201-894-0138. 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@ now-April 12 HACKenSACK Candidates Sought for bergenleADS 2013 presented by the Volunteers Center of Bergen County, 64 Passaic St. For information call 201489-9454 or leCTUReS AnD InFoRMATIon Currently MAyWooD Hurricane Sandy Stories sought by the Maywood Historical Committee for stories and photos with before-andafter photos preferably, of damaged property. Stories may be submitted to or photos@ Feb. 4, 11, 22 PARAMUS Free blood Pressure Checks for Paramus residents held at Borough Hall on Feb. 4 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. and from 1:30 – 3 p.m. and Feb. 22 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Also at Paramus Library at Century Rd. on Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 201-265-2100 ext. 615 or 618. Feb. 4 – Apr. 11 MAyWooD Tours of the Adler Aphasia Center open to the public for caregivers or patients suffering from Aphasia, language disorder, stroke or brain injury at 60 W. Hunter Ave. from Monday – Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Must be scheduled in advance. Call 201368-8585. Feb. 7 TeAneCK Teaneck emergency Preparedness Seminar presented by the Teaneck Police Department, Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management at 7 p.m. in police headquarters at 900 Teaneck Rd. Call 201-837-2600 ext. 2311. Feb. 9 HACKenSACK Second Annual Heart Health Fair presented by HackensackUMC and the American Heart association from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Shops at Riverside, Level one outside of Barnes and Noble. Visit Feb. 9 HACKenSACK young Adult Cancer Workshop presented by John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For young adults and their caregivers. Free with registration required. Visit stupidcancernnj. Feb. 11, 12, 14 PARAMUS Donate blood presented by Community Blood Services, 970 Linwood Ave. W. on Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Feb. 12, 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Donors will receive a gift certificate to one of three local restaurants, and on Feb. 14 they will also receive a Muttie the Dog toy. Call 201-251-3703 or visit Feb. 21 PARAMUS What Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Really Mean to Taxpayers? Presented by North Jersey Public Policy Network at Bergen Community College, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in C-211. Free/donations welcome. Visit northjerseypublicpolicy. org. Feb. 24 TeAneCK Free Solar Screening event presented AP Solar and GreenFaith at Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Rd. from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. No cost or obligation for obtaining a screening. All welcome. Call 201-385-8433. 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 for information and a list of the activities. 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. 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 Sunday RoCHelle PARK Pancake breakfast Sponsored by the American Legion Post 170, 33 W. Passaic St. $4/adults, under 10/free. Held from 8 – 11:30. Call 201-8439683 or visit 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. Feb. 8 WeSTWooD Annual Auction of Railroad Memorabilia presented by the Bergen Rockland Railroad Historical Society at the monthly meeting at Westwood Woman’s Club, 205 Kinderkamack Rd. at 8 p.m. Open to all at no charge. Call 201-768-7406. Feb. 9 lynDHURST Zumbathon for a Cause presented by YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at the Senior Citizens Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. from 10 a.m. – noon. Registration at 9 a.m. $20. Visit events/zumbathon.html. Feb. 13 MoonACHIe 200 Club of bergen County Winter Cocktail Reception held at the Graycliff, 112 Moonachie Ave. from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Call 201-229-0600. March 7 WooD-RIDge 2nd Annual Tricky Tray presented by the Meadowlands Area YMCA at the Fiesta from 5:30 - 10 p.m. 50/50s, amazing prizes and lots of gift certificates. For information visit or call 201-955-5300. March 8 CARlSTADT Annual Scholarship Auction and Dinner presented by Felician College at Il Villaggio. Call 201-355-1308 or

visit March 13 HACKenSACK Hackensack education Foundation Distinguished Citizen Award on at Maggiano’s Little Italy at 7 p.m. $45. Honoring the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, Evan Roache and Carolyn Hayer. Call 201-880-1898. March 14 gARFIelD Annual Casino night Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation to save kids with brain cancer at Il Villaggio at 6:30 p.m. 201-774-7757 or visit May 19 PARAMUS Walk now for Autism Speaks at Bergen Community College. Sponsorships available. Call 609-2287350 or visit ReCReATIon AnD CAMPS Tuesdays MAyWooD Mah jongg for new or experienced players offered by Maywood Recreation at the Maywood Recreation Center on Tuesdays form 1 – 3 p.m. Call 201-845-2900 ext. SCHolARSHIPS Through April 22 HACKenSACK Ron vellekamp environmental Scholarship presented by the Hackensack Riverkeeper for seniors in high school from Bergen, Hudson and Rockland counties. Teachers may also submit applications for deserving students. $1,000 scholarship. Visit for applications. Call 201-968-0808. Winner chosen June 1. 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 RoCHelle PARK Kindergarten Registration for Rochelle Park Midland School on Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Required: child’s birth certificate, immunization records. The child does not have to attend. Physician’s exam required before September. Parents must show proof of residency such as a copy of a deed, signed lease or affidavit and utility bill. Child must be 5 years old before Oct. 1, 2013. Registration forms available at 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 201-8431061. Feb. 6, business meeting. 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 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 SPeCIAl evenTS MAyWooD Maywood Station Visit 201-487-6600 ext. 220 or visit Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, june 5 MAyWooD Maywood Fourth of july Committee Meetings are scheduled to take place at the Maywood American Legion, 135 E. Passaic St. at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend. Any organization interested in participating in the 2013 parade is asked to contact Carole Feeney before May 1 at 201805-9137. Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12 HACKenSACK Parent’s night out presented by the YMCA of Greater Bergen County, 360 Main St. from 6 – 9 p.m. Parents can drop off their 3- to 12 year-olds and they will be supervised by the Teen Leaders Club. Bring a snack and beverage. Children must be potty trained. Family Members/free, Members/$7, non-members/$12. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 220. Feb. 22 MAyWooD eagle Scout Ceremony for John E. Price, Jr., Vincent Frank Santoro and Ryan Arthur Cormier at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 471

Maywood Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Call 201906-0478 or information. ToWn neWS MAyWooD Annual Schedule of Meetings for 2013 Work Sessions held the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. March 12. April 9. May 14. June 11. July 9. Aug. 13. Sept. 10. Oct. 8. Nov. 12. Dec. 10. Council meetings held on the fourth Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. Work session precedes each regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. March 26. April 23. May 28. June 25. July 23. Aug. 27. Sept. 24. Oct. 22. Nov. 26. Dec. 17. Meetings and work sessions are held in the Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 15 Park Avenue. Call 201-845-2900. HACKenSACK City of Hackensack 2013 Meeting Schedule Committee of the Whole Meetings: at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Feb. 4, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Mar. 4, March. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Apr. 8, Apr. 23 at 6:30 p.m. May 6, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. June 10, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. July 15, Aug. 19. Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Council Meetings: at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Feb. 5, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Mar. 5, Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. Apr. 9, Apr. 23 at 8 p.m. May 7, May 21 at 8 p.m. June 11, June 25 at 8 p.m. July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Oct. 22, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. All meeting are held at 65 Central Ave., Third Floor, Council Chambers. TRIPS Apr. 23, 24 lAnCASTeR PA overnight lancaster presented by Americas Unidas Multicultural Senior Activity Center leaving from 101 Hudson St., Hackensack at 8 a.m. Package includes meals and overnight stay at Fulton Steamboat Inn. Buffet dinner at Millers Smorgasbord and shopping at Rockvale Square Mall and two shows. $250/double occupancy and $299/single. $50 deposit due now. Call 201-336-3320. May 5 – 11 SMoKey MoUnTAInS Smokey Mountain Trip presented by the Senior Citizens Club of Maywood. Deposit of $50 due by Feb. 6. Open to everyone. Call 201-843-1061. May 26 – june 2 beRMUDA Cruise for a Cause sponsored by Helen Hayes Hospital and the Adler Aphasia Center. Cabins start 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 HACKenSACK Temple beth el at 280 Summit Ave. is a Conservative Egalitarian congregation. Italian Purim Dinner on Feb, 23 at 7 p.m. followed by a Megillah reading and make your own sundae. $10/adults, $5/children under 10. RSVP by Feb. 18. March 17, 2 p.m. Ruth Cohen performing songs. $10/adults, $5/children under 10. Friday Shabbat Services are at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. followed by kiddush. For additional information visit or call 201-342-2045. Feb. 13 HACKenSACK Community Ash Wednesday Service at the First Presbyterian Church, 64 Passaic St. at 7:30 p.m. All welcome Call 201-342-7570.

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varick Welcomes First Female Pastor
The Rev. Melanie Miller has officially become the first female pastor of the historic Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Hackensack in its 149-year history. Miller is the fifth of six children born to Harmon and Agnes Rogers of Paterson. After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, Miller attended Rutgers University, Cook College, where she met her husband, Jimmie Miller. They married in 1983 and have four children: Jimmie Jr. of Norfolk, Va.; Jerome of Pensacola, Fla.; Jason of Chesapeake, Va.; and Jetaime, who currently attends North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro. Miller and her husband are also guardians of one nephew, Lamar Juvennelliano of Fredericksburg, Va. They have four grandchildren and another on the way. Miller attained her Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., in occupational and technical studies. She then taught in the Norfolk and Stafford counties public school systems as a technology teacher. Miller attained her Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond and her Ph.D. in higher education at Old Dominion University. Miller served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., at the Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, where she reAngeles. Jimmie Miller, also raised in Paterson, has also served as pastor at several churches. He now teaches at his alma mater, Passaic County Technical Institute, as the Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) instructor. Miller is a former submarine officer with 27 years of service. He retired in 2010 from the U.S. Navy as the commanding officer of the Navy Recruiting District in Los Angeles. Jimmie Miller will serve as Supernumerary alongside his wife at Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. The spouses of male pastors are typically referred to as “first ladies.” Jimmie Miller will be Varick’s first ever “first gentleman.”
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The Rev. Melanie Miller ceived a Navy commendation for outstanding service. She has served as pastor at Sycamore Hill A.M.E. Zion Church in Gatesville, N.C., and Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Compton, Calif. She served as interim pastor at Red Oak Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Gates, N.C., and First A.M.E. Zion Church in Los

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passed away on Jan. 19 at Hackensack Hospice at the age of 93. Born in Acquaviva, Italy, he came to the United States in 1969, settling in Hackensack. Prior to retiring, he was a crossing guard for the City of Hackensack. Previously, he was an iron worker. Beloved husband of the late Iva Petrocelli Panzera. Devoted father of Sandro Panzera and his wife Josephine of New Milford, and Valdo Panzera and his wife Barbara of North Haledon. Cherished grandfather of William, Brenda, Ivana, Stephanie, Rosie, Valdo and Veronica. Dear brother of Carmine Panzera and his wife Orlanda of Italy. RICHARD gRegg, of Mahwah, passed away peacefully on Jan. 21 at the age of 89. He was born in New York City on Oct. 7, 1923 to Otis Tiffany Gregg and his wife Juliette (née Kirker). He grew up in Hackensack. He then attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology before enlisting in the Army, serving in the 771 Ordnance Company. Known for his humor, while in the service, he invented soldier “J. Cheever Loophole,” whose only issued uniform was one helmet liner and 600 shoe laces. On return from the war, he graduated from MIT in 1947. He became active in the manufacture and sale of railway wagons throughout the world with the Gregg Company, Ltd., residing both in Belgium and the United States. Beloved brother of the late Mary (Frath) Elliott and her husband J. Frank III, and William Gregg. Dearest brother-in-law of Louise Gregg of Keene Valley, N.Y. Loving uncle of Susan Gregg of Mahwah, Juliette Latimer and her husband Richard of Ramsey, Janet DeBiasio and her husband Daniel of St. Petersburg, Fla., Dorothy Jensen and her husband John of Alameda, Calif., M. Gregg Elliott and his wife Susan of Chesapeake, Va., Richard Elliott and his wife Cindy of Virginia Beach, Va., the late J.F. (Jef) Elliott IV, and eight great-nieces and great-nephews. He also leaves behind his loving dog, Benji. geoRge HARRIS, a lifelong resident of Hackensack, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Jan. 26 at his home at the age of 81. Prior to retiring, he was the superintendent at Hackensack Cemetery Company for more than 40 years. He served his country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. Beloved husband for 60 years of Elsie (née Hasten). Devoted father of Susan Hurley and her husband Robert of Oakland, George Harris Jr., of West Milford, and Diane Siciliano and her husband Joseph of Hewitt. Loving grandfather of Michael, Jessie, John, Ian and Gina and nine great-grandchildren. Dearest brother of the late Evelyn Hasten.

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FeDeRICo gAlveZ jr., of Teaneck, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2 at the age of 76. Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, he came to the United States in 1967, settling in Texas. He later spent 38 years in Teaneck. Prior to retiring, he was the senior accountant for NJ Transit in Newark. He was a parishioner at Holy Trinity R. C. Church of Hackensack. Beloved husband for 46 years of Iluminada (née Leyva). Dearest brother of Maria Fe Sanchez, Maria Nenita Marbella, Maria Elena Palileo, Maria Isabel Galvez, Maria Luisa Balguma, Buena Ventura, Renato Galvez, Jesus Galvez and Victor Galvez. CATHeRIne MoSSI FlAnAgAn, née Lanzetti, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 5 at the age of 90. Born in Hoboken, she lived in Oradell before moving to Hackensack 10 years ago. Prior to retiring, she was the assistant to the city clerk in Union City. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R. C. Church of Hackensack. An avid cook, she was featured in Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Flanagan, who died last December, and the late Roy Mossi who died in June 1979. Devoted mother of Valerie Walker of Hackensack and Roy Mossi and his wife Norah Peck of Maywood. Loving grandmother of James Walker and his wife Sonthia, Michael Walker and his wife Kim and Joseph Walker. Cherished greatgrandmother of Frank Zito Walker. Dearest aunt of Elizabeth Flanagan of Green Hills and great-aunt of Joseph Flanagan and Anne Flanagan. ReMo gIACHIno, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Teaneck, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6 at the age of 99. He was born in New York City on May 24, 1913 and spent his childhood in Union City and Torino, Italy. He showed an interest in music at an early age and was intrigued by the violin. He was a child protégé and graduated with honors from the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Verdi in Torino as a professor of the violin. Remo courted the love of his life, Erminia Berlucchi, and married her in May 1940. In 1955, Remo took over the business from his father and quickly established himself as a pioneer in the Italian wine business in Manhattan. He moved with his wife and sons to Teaneck but continued to run the business until 1995 when he retired and passed the company on to his youngest son, Douglas, who is still running it today. Beloved husband for 72 years of Erminia (née Berlucchi). Devoted father of Richard and his wife Deborah, Paul and his wife Cindy, Douglas and his wife Claire, and the late Freddy. Cherished grandfather of Gus and his wife Estelle and Lia. Dearest brother

of the late Louisa Nadir and Tina Giachino. THeReSA RInAlDI, née Mania, of Toms River, formerly of Little Ferry, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7 at the age of 91. Prior to retiring, she worked for United Jersey Bank of Hackensack. Beloved wife of the late Emil Rinaldi. Devoted mother of Rudolph and his wife Jeanette of Little Ferry, Ronald and his wife Sharon of Toms River, Richard and his wife Lisa, of Toms River, and Robert and his wife Maryann of Manahawkin. Loving grandmother of Denise, Debbie, Joseph, Richie, Chris, Rene, Robert, Derek, Greg, Shawn, and Cortney. Cherished great-grandmother of Alicia, Elizabeth, Megan, Samantha, Sabrina, Joseph, Nicholas, Gianna, Isabella, Rania and Kaisha. CHeRyl lASeR, née Keyes, of Hackensack, passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 66. She was the author of The Truth About Cinnamon and Separation of Faith. She also was an author for IUniverse Publishing Company of Bloomington, Ind. Previously, she was a marketing manager for IBM and a manager for administrative support for United Water of Harrington Park. However, her favorite job was being a mother and grandmother. Beloved mother of Melissa Maritsch and her husband Matthew of Saddle Brook. Cherished grandmother of Natalia. Adored daughter of James Keyes of Pompton Plains and the late Marjorie (née Beauchamp) and Geraldine (née Ribar). Dearest sister of Carolyn Gooch and Robert Gustavson of Redlands, Calif., and the late Robert Keyes. Loving aunt of Austin, Travis and Justin. Ann gRIeCo, née Bruno, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Jan. 8 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Ralph Grieco. Devoted mother of Mary Perry and her husband Raymond of Hackensack and Angelo Grieco and his wife Diane of Landing. Loving grandmother of Richard Perry and his wife Jennifer, Jason Perry and his wife Rebecca, Kari Butchyk and her husband Ken, and Nicholas Grieco. Cherished great-grandmother of Perry Laszki, Jessica Perry and Caroline Perry. Dearest sister of Theresa Scudillo, Margaret Rabigi and her husband Pat and the late Marie De Ghetto, Angelo Bruno, Paul Bruno, Peter Bruno and John Bruno. RAyMonD MIlleR, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 9 at the age of 78. Prior to retiring, he worked for Flexicote Company of Clifton. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Beloved husband of the late Grace (née Elmo). Devoted father of Mary Ann Butterfield and husband John of Toms River, Antoinette Norton and husband Bob of Swedesboro, Denise

Miller of Toms River, and the late Linda Balcom. Loving grandfather of 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. THoMAS Allen, of Maywood, formerly of Hackensack, passed away on Jan. 12 at the age of 83. Prior to retiring, he worked as a smelter for Abex Corporation in New York. Beloved husband of the late Muriel (née Ritchwood). Loving father of Denise Howard of New York, Sharon White of North Carolina, Dawn Allen of New York, Sara Anne Reide of New York, Helen Papasso and her husband Tony of Oakland, and the late Clyde Allen and Charles Allen. Cherished grandfather, greatgrandfather and uncle of Many. Dearest brother of Lucille Johnson and her husband James, Lillian Roscoe and William Allen. AnnA STAMIllA, née Veri, of Hackensack, passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 88. She was a parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church in Hackensack. Beloved wife of 66 years to Joseph Stamilla Sr. Devoted mother of Salvatore Stamilla of Hackensack and Joseph Stamilla Jr. of Hackensack. Dearest sister of the late Otto Veri, Jerry Veri and Dominic Veri. MARIAn MURRIn, née Hasbrouck, 100, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14 at her home in River Edge where she had resided for the past 62 years. Born in River Edge on Aug. 31, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Maud Hasbrouck and beloved wife of the late William Murrin. Marian was a graduate of Hackensack High School and Mills College in New York City. Marian married Lt. William Robert Murrin on April 10, 1937 in the chapel of the West Point Military Academy. The Murrins were stationed in Hawaii for two years where she began her teaching career. After the war, the Murrins moved to River Edge and Marian began teaching kindergarten at Cherry Hill Elementary School where she remained for 30 years. Survived by her niece Judy Bernhart Barbour and her husband G. Michael Barbour of Duxbury, Mass., great-nieces and their husbands, Laurie Breyer of Fitchburg, Mass., and Amy Mahoney of Reading, Mass. lUCIA FeRRARA, née Bordonaro, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 18 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Saverio Ferrara. Devoted mother of Maddalena “Lee” Ferrrara and Salvatore Ferrara and his wife Jane. Cherished grandmother of Elisa and Danielle. Dearest sister of Adelina Marino, Christopher Bordonaro and the late Sebastian “John” Bordonaro. gUglIelMo PAnZeRA, of Hackensack,

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Making Cultural Connections

Tasty in Pink

Alice in Jaredland Staged

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Tiny Parkway Droplets

on Dec. 12, the Cultural Connections Club at West brook Middle School of Paramus hosted an International Fair for Kids by Kids. More than 700 guests gathered to create crafts and enjoy foods from a variety of cultures, which were prepared by the school families. A total of $85 was raised and contributed to the school’s ReACT Club, which is sponsoring a child in need of life-saving surgery.

Students at Ridge Ranch School in Paramus recently joined the battle against breast cancer by hosting a snack sale featuring pink-colored goodies for the students to purchase. All of the money raised will be donated to the Susan g. Komen Foundation.

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Ridge Ranch Welcomes ex-Chief

Diane Fogel’s third grade enrichment classes at Ridge Ranch School of Paramus recently performed creative versions of fractured fairy tales, including the Fairytale Olympics, Aladdin and the Magical Monkey, Cinderella and the Hot Dog Seller, and Alice in Jaredland.

My vision of Peace

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Second graders in Maria bonner’s and jamie Amicucci’s classes at Parkway School in Paramus recently pretended to be water droplets moving through the water cycle. A representative from the Haworth water treatment plant led the students in a hands-on demonstration to culminate a science lesson in weather.

Students in Cynthia Dugan’s fourth grade class at Ridge Ranch School of Paramus recently met Stephen lillis, a retired Cresskill police chief who will be joining the class as an intern in january. As an introductory lesson, lillis demonstrated the use of various tools such as a megaphone and an official police vest. After trying these out, the kids participated in a discussion about the importance of freedom and analyzed the idea of justice for all.

The Stony lane School Student Council recently sponsored “Picture Peace,” a contest in honor of Martin luther King Day. Participants were asked to submit a drawing or a photograph that depicted their idea of peace. The winners will have their pictures framed and displayed in a hallway of the Paramus school.

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ties for their family. Teresa also maintains a business on Main Street. “I plan to serve the Hackensack community so that when my son raises his family here, it will be an even better place to put down roots,” said Barreto. Scott young – By trade, Young is an IT specialist and has been for the past 26 years earning many professional certificates. He is currently the IT Leader for Compliance Controls for GE Capital. Young is a community volunteer. He has been a special police officer (H-COP) in

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hattan High School Counselor of the Year. He has vast experience in mental health counseling, college counseling and club advising. Locally, Barreto is a Hackensack Recreation Department volunteer basketball coach. His son, Joseph, attends Padre Pio Academy in Hackensack where Barreto is an executive member of the Home School Association. Barreto and his wife Teresa decided to live in Hackensack because of its diverse community and many opportuni-

Hackensack since 2011 where he logged more than 280 volunteer hours in 2012. He has been his Community Block Watch captain since 2005 and graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy. Young and his wife Jennifer Young moved to Hackensack in 2002. They have chosen to raise their son, Avery, in the city. As a family, the Youngs believe in community service. Scott and Jennifer worked tirelessly for the organization Table to Table, which is dedicated to making sure no one goes hungry. “I believe a person is de-

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fined by their service to others,” said Young. “After serving as an H-COP, I realized how much I liked being involved in the city and that there is still so much more I can do.” Mattei said this is an important time in Hackensack. “Our community is emerging from very turbulent times. It is time to look and move forward and set our city on a positive and productive course.” The Hackensack City Council election is scheduled for Tuesday, May. 14.

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The Hackensack High School Spanish Honor Society, along with edvane Colacino, a Spanish teacher, and Hackensack Detective luis Furcal, the school resource officer, recently collected and donated relief supplies to the bergen County victims of Hurricane Sandy as well as to those in need in the communities of the Dominican Republic.

Sixth grade Memoirs national Anthem Writers Selected

St. Peter’s Academy earns Second

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Joseph Wolverton reading to Jane Kim’s first graders. Sixth graders in Kimberly Russell’s language arts enrichment class at Hackensack Middle School recently visited Nellie K. Parker School to read their memoirs to the kindergarteners and first graders. Russell’s class recently completed a memoir unit study by transforming essays into picture books. Each book was then laminated and spiral bound. During the visit, the younger students asked many questions of the young authors whose books each told of an important time in their lives.

The Paramus elks Club recently announced this year’s essay contest winners from east brook Middle School: Rachel Bell, fifth grade; Nicholas Taylor, sixth grade; lauren Chun, seventh grade; and evelyn Holmberg, eighth grade. This year’s subject was “What does the national anthem mean to me?” The Adler Aphasia Center’s Maywood campus invites the public to tour its facilities from Feb. 4 through April 11. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and must be scheduled in advance by contacting Karen Castka at 201-3688585. The center, located at 60 West Hunter Ave., provides life-skills and other services for people with aphasia and their caregivers. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury.

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Adler Aphasia Center Tours

james Paton with his teacher, larissa owsik. James Paton, an eighth grade student at St. Peter Academy of River Edge, recently earned a second place trophy at the 14th annual Scholastic Olympics sponsored by St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale. Paton earned his trophy in the science competition. More than 300 eighth graders representing 22 schools from New Jersey and New York participated in the Scholastic Olympics. In addition to science, students demonstrated their ability to think critically and tested their knowledge in English, math, religion, social studies, art and spelling. A “superquiz” tested students on all subjects. “We are all very proud of the entire St. Peter Academy team for representing the school so well during the Scholastic Olympics,” said Larissa Owsik, the eighth grade teacher who served as a chaperone for the event.

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bergen TechTeterboro Honor Society Ceremony
Ten local students at Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro were among the 113 inducted into the Andrea Rublino Sheridan chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony on Dec. 6. Before an audience of family and friends, the students were honored for demonstrating excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Teterboro campus, one of three secondary schools in the Bergen County Technical School District, is a free public high school of choice offering students a project-driven curriculum structured around a core of nine technical disciplines. This year, the school was recognized as one of the nation’s 2012 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing Schools. The following local residents were inducted: Luis Antonio Cordova, Joshua Christian Medina and Andrew John Stahl; of Hackensack; David Michael Pinto, of South Hackensack; Danielle Hardifer Mial and Celine Ann Ching, of Maywood; Kaelyn Elaine Rupinski, of Rochelle Park; Shawn Abraham, of Paramus; and David Michael Pinto and Zoe Hazel Zatz, of Teaneck. The County Seat - February 2013 - Page 25


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Paramus High Musicians Perform

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As part of Stony Lane School’s month-long study of Martin Luther King, students learned about other notable people who also had visions to change the world for the better such as Confucius, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison. The Paramus students then created clouds for their visions of a better world.

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Catholic Schools Raising Standards

The Hackensack High School Bilingual Department hosted an informational session for parents on Jan. 10 to encourage families to become involved in their children’s learning, both at school and at home. Parents of English as a Second Language learners had been surveyed back in November about their involvement, and the results revealed that the barrier language was the No. 1 reason for the lack of participation.

In an effort to make parents feel more comfortable, the school district is offering free adult ESL classes at the high school. The classes will be taught by volunteers from the Northern New Jersey Jewish Federation and Ebenezer Community Development Center. Roughly 300 parents who attended the session registered for classes. For more information, contact Diana Bermudez, parent outreach coordinator, 201-364-1016.

Terpsys Witness Inauguration Ceremony

On Jan. 27, seven members of the Paramus High School Band performed in the All-North Jersey Region I Band Concert. These students were selected by audition from more than 800 musicians from the North Jersey area to participate in these prestigious ensembles. Pictured: Matt Schmidt, student-teacher from Montclair State University; Bryan Ryu, sophomore, horn; Juliette Chu, sophomore, oboe; Adam Basner, junior, trumpet; Joe Bacich, junior, horn; Krishna Patel, sophomore, mallet percussion; Dahee Lee, freshman, oboe; and Ben Jen, senior, alto saxophone.

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$1K environmental Scholarship Available
Hackensack Riverkeeper is now accepting applications for the 2013 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its 13th year, the program was created in 2001 to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment. Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, who served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger, Boy Scout leader and trustee of Hackensack RiverPhoto Courtesy: T.j. Dupree keeper. The Terpsys display the obama banner which they All applicants must either brought to Washington with them. live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River waterOn Jan. 20, Cheryl in ceremony to hear the shed or attend a school located Miller-Porter, founder of president present his inauwithin that area. Seniors at 66 the Teaneck High School gural address. This is a busy time for the high schools in Bergen, Hud- Terpsys, traveled to WashTerpsys as they prepare for son and Rockland counties are ington, D.C. with a group eligible to apply. of alumni from the dancing their annual performance The $1,000 scholarship is troupe and their children to in February. The show’s unrestricted and can be used witness the inauguration of theme for 2013 is “A Celfor any required purchases President Barack Obama’s ebration of Dance 1930 during the student’s first year second term. Four years – Present” and will take at college. ago, 11 staff members and place on Saturday, Feb. 18 Full scholarship informa- their children made the trip at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, tion is available by visiting to D.C. to witness history Feb. 19 at 3 and 8 p.m. at www.hackensackriverkeeper. being made at the inaugu- the Teaneck High School org or by calling 201-968- ration of the nation’s first Helen B. Hill Auditorium. 0808. Applications must be black president. The Terpsy Tickets will be available postmarked no later than Earth group arrived at the capital for purchase soon. E-mail Day, April 22. The winner will the day before the inaugu- tneckterpsys@teaneckterpbe chosen no later than June 1. ration and stood in the cold for additional induring the public swearing- formation.

5 New Hackensack Firefighters

The middle school-level staff and students at visitation Academy of Paramus recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme was “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”

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Car Ablaze

The Hackensack Fire Department welcomed new members on jan. 9. They were hired to replace the five members who recently retired: Capt. Franklin Bay, Lt. Steven Linder and Firefighters Frank Metzler, Frank Feoranzo and Timmy Jordan. Pictured: Seth brown, Michael Rainville, Tim burns, john Parisik and Dan Riley.

Hackensack firefighters from Engine 2 and Rescue 1 recently extinguished a car fire at McDonald’s on essex Street.

Real Estate Trends & Home Improvement
Real estate leaders Convene
Bergen County real estate is rebounding and local industry leaders are working together to energize the recovery. The Bergen County Young Professionals Network and the Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors Professional Development Committee recently gathered industry leaders at Maggiano’s in Hackensack for a night focused on the future of local real estate. Major industry players included: Allan Dalton, one of the National Association of Realtors’ 25 most influential thought leaders

Recent Home Sales
Hackensack Sales 139 Hobart St. Listed at $249,000. Sold in 118 days at $229,000 on Jan. 10 449 Sutton Ave. Listed at $259,000. Sold in 21 days at $250,000 on Jan. 25. 34 Brook St. Listed at $374,900. Sold in 83 days at $360,000 on Jan. 14. 204 Clay St. Listed at $399,900. Sold in 192 days at $450,000 on Jan. 5. 80-82 Poplar Ave. Listed at $225,000. Sold in 3 days at $207,000 on Jan. 18. Maywood Sales 639 Wyoming Ave. Listed at $269,900. Sold in 19 days at $265,000 on Jan. 18. 894 Spring Valley Rd. Listed at $299,500. Sold in 77 days at $280,000 on Jan. 17. 819 Lincoln Place Listed at $364,900. Sold in 21 days at $359,000 on Jan. 14. 90 Forest Place Listed at $299,999. Sold in 73 days at $267,000 on Jan. 15. Rochelle Park Sales 90 Forest Place Listed at $299,999. Sold in 73 days at $267,000 on Jan. 14. So. Hackensack Sales 85 Calicooneck Road Listed at $219,000. Sold in 148 days at $204,000 on Jan. 4.

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and past president of; Trisha Ocona Francis, industry educator and Huffington Post guest real estate blogger; Tanya Reu, senior vice president of human resources

at Realogy Corporation; Maggie Peters, director of Bergen County Economic Development. There were also representatives from the Asian Real Estate Association of America, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

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