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by Patti mcnamara Mayor Frank Cagas and the South Hackensack Township Committee wished Police Chief Michael Frew farewell during the public meeting on Sept. 12 at township hall. Frew left office at the end of September, and will be officially retired in January. He has served as a policeman in South Hackensack for more than 30 years. “You will be a hard person to replace,” said Cagas. Committeeman Vincent
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by jason cohen During the Sept. 17 Hackensack City Council meeting, Mayor John Labrosse expressed displeasure with the school board for not paying the salary of a school resource officer. For several years, the police department has provided the high school with a trained resource officer, yet the district is yet to reimburse his salary. Labrosse requested that City Attorney Frank Catania Jr. launch an investigation into the matter and seek reimbursement for an estimated $1 million in salary. “We need to get to the bottom of this,” he said. “I need to understand what happened and how to proceed. The resource officer should be billed into the school taxes.” In other business, several residents voiced their concerns about the parking situation on Hudson Street. While the thoroughfare is a mix of residential and commercial, many parking spots only allow a maximum of one hour. The council pledged to investigate the possibility of requiring resident parking permits or extending the maximum time to two hours. Labrosse said he did not know there was an issue with parking on the street and he was glad it was brought to the council’s attention. Residents Jhamal Rahman and Louise Scott, both $10-per-hour city crossing guards, addressed the council about receiving pay raises. Councilman David Sims said he was in contact with the labor union and hoped to resolve the issue in the near future. Following recent traffic accidents at the intersections of Passaic Street and Summit Avenue and Passaic and State streets, the council approved resolutions to fund signal repairs at those locations. Finally, there was some additional discussion about developing the parking lot near Foschini Park and Labrosse expressed interest in constructing a municipal pool as well.
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ment. Before the board took up its regular agenda, a special ceremony was held to honor five deceased Hackensack educators who were inducted into the first Hackensack High School Honor Roll. Trustee Mark Stein, who chaired the Honor Roll Committee, said the idea of an honor roll for great teachers was suggested by a resident and the selection process began last November. The honorees were: ■ James Nunnermaker, who served Hackensack schools as a teacher and a coach from 1970 to 2009. ■ George Liosi, a teacher and TV media specialist, who taught at the high school from 1970 to 2005. ■ Donald William Plump, whose advice to students was “follow your dream and grab onto it when you can,” according to Abate. ■ Edward Mel Henderson, a coach, assistant principal and teacher who served from 1962 to 1967 and again from 1975 to 1992. ■ Joseph DeFalco, a former principal of the high school died in 2005. James Montesano, who currently serves as principal, said DeFalco “knew when to give a kid a kick and when to give him a pat.” Plaques were presented to the families of each of the honorees. A second plaque for each member of the honor roll will be hung in an appropriate place in either the middle school or the high school. Stein said he is now soliciting nominees for next year’s honor roll.
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The family of Donald William Plump. by gloria johnson Police Director Mike Mordaga told the Hackensack Board of Education during the public meeting on Sept. 16 that it was more important for officers to patrol the perimeter of the high school than the hallways. “I believe we need to pay more attention to the outside of the school,” he said. Mordaga said he was appearing before the board in response to rumors that police were failing to provide a presence at the school. “When kids want to get into trouble, they go outside of the school,” Mordaga said. “It’s not the hallway that I’m concerned about. We should be on the same page. The important thing is what’s right for the kids.” Board President Veronica Bolcik McKenna said members agreed that an outside presence was needed but were concerned about having a specially-trained schools resource officer in the halls. Mordaga said to put an officer inside the school required him to take one off the street which was not fair to other Hackensack taxpayers. “The bottom line is somebody has to pay for the police officer.” Under the original agreement, he said, the board of education would pay for the SRO and a patrol car, but somehow it was taken out of the budget. Tuition money that comes in to the board from the sending districts of Maywood, South Hackensack and Rochelle Park should be used to help offset the cost of an SRO, he said. “The board of education and the city have to work it out.” Mordaga said he would like an SRO at both the high school and middle school but the question remains, “Who’s going to pay for it?” Richard Salkin, school board attorney, said he had been told the cost would be approximately $82,000 per SRO per year. Bolcik McKenna asked Joseph Abate, interim school superintendent, to meet with the “powers that be” to try to resolve the situation, preferably with a written agree-
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Teen Driver Safety Event
Hackensack High School is making a commitment to teen driver safety by hosting an awareness booth at its soccer game on Friday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. Scheduled in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18 through Oct. 26, the event will feature games and prizes to drive home the message. State Farm Agent Cindy Bergen of Maywood and the HackensackUMC Trauma Prevention Department will also be on hand. State Farm reminds teens that the first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous for them. New Jersey high schools are urged to register online now for a chance to win a $100,000 Celebrate My Drive grant sponsored by State Farm and concert by Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson. Register at www.celebratemydrive.com or visit www.facebook.com/CelebrateMyDrive.
Residents Demand End to Profiling Paramus Building Honors Tedesco
by jason cohen The Hackensack African American Civic Association invited the community to the civic center on Oct. 3 to meet Police Commissioner David Sims and Police Director Mike Mordaga in hopes of establishing a good working relationship with the force’s new leaders. One theme resonated throughout the night: racial profiling. Mordaga said he knew swift change was needed after witnessing the turmoil the department has endured in recent years with the indictment and conviction of the former chief and the filing of countless civil lawsuits against the city by officers citing harassment and other First Amendment violations. Mordaga, a career law enforcement officer, has only been director seven months but says the force is already headed in a more positive direction. “We need to take this community back,” he said. “We need to work together.” July and August are statistically the months with the highest number of burglaries in the country, yet Hackensack only reported 10 during that time frame. Police are also getting drugs off the streets. In 2012, there were a total of 286 narcotic arrests. Since January alone, Hackensack police have executed 835 narcotics arrests. “I’m not here to sell the police department and say that the Hackensack Police Department is the best in the state,” Mordaga said. “My job is to turn the police department around. It’s not going to happen overnight.” Mordaga urged parents to become more involved in their kids’ lives to ensure they are behaving appropriately and being respectful. Specifically, Mordaga said Hackensack children should never wear pants with their underwear exposed or casually use the N word. “We have to do something about the kids,” he said. Resident Lori Manning asked Mordaga what he was doing to help those kids who are staying out of trouble and doing the right thing. She said her son feels like he’s in the minority in a sea of troublemakers. “As a police department, you should be doing a lot of community outreach,” Manning said. “I fear for my son to go to school every day.” Mordaga agreed, pointContinued on Page 14
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Retired Mayor James Tedesco with his granddaughter at the dedication ceremony. Mayor Richard LaBarbiera and the Paramus Borough Council rededicated the Life Safety Building in honor of retired mayor James Tedesco III during a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Tedesco’s history of service to the borough spans 36 years. At the age of 18, he volunteered to coach recreation basketball and baseball. He later served as a board member on the junior baseball association and began to coach girls’ softball and basketball. Tedesco served on the Paramus Planning Board, Bergen County Planning Board, Paramus Borough Council from 2000 to 2002 and as council president in 2001. In 2003, Tedesco was elected mayor, a post he held for eight years. Tedesco remains an active member of the Paramus Volunteer Fire Department, an organization he has dedicated himself to for 37 years, serving twice as chief.
Hackensack Paying Lawyers More
During the Sept. 30 Hackensack City Council meeting, members voted to increase the pay rate for outside attorneys from $125 to $150 per hour. Thom Ammirato, city spokesman, explained that the higher rate puts Hackensack on par with what the county and other municipalities offer. The intent is also to attract more experienced litigators, he said. “A higher pay rate will broaden our range of attorneys who want to work for the city,” Ammirato said. Ammirato said raising the attorney pay rate is part of a three-prong approach to reduce the city’s legal fees. Hackensack has already capped payment on legal contracts by adding a “not to exceed” monetary figure. That number will be determined on a per-contract basis and will force lawyers to come back to the council if they reach that maximum. “This is a way to keep track what we are spending,” Ammirato said. The city also plans to control legal spending by settling more cases. “We are no longer going to follow the no-settlement policy of the previous administration,” explained Ammirato. “We thought it was costly and wasteful. It will be up to the attorneys to determine whether it is most cost-effective to litigate or settle.”
Gala Honors Walsh, Inserra
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Mistress of Ceremonies Lauren Zisa Samulka, Lawrence Inserra, Jr., Sr. Emily Walsh and Chamber President Donald Perlman. The Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Awards Gala on Sept. 29 at the Stony Hill Inn of Hackensack. Sister Emily Walsh of Holy Trinity Church and Lawrence Inserra Jr. of Inserra Supermarkets were this year’s honorees. Walsh has been a religious servant for nearly 50 years. Inserra is president of one of the largest supermarket chains in the metropolitan area, operating ShopRite stores throughout New Jersey and New York.
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American Legion Post 170 hosted its annual family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7. The day was filled with hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, sausage, clam chowder and a bounce house and other games for the children. Pictured: Tom Orr, Bob Stevens, Eddie O’Dowd and Bob Salvini.
9/11 Tragedies Never Forgotten
included the murder of 677 New Jersey residents. “Neither should we forget the feelings that united all of us. As long as I’m county executive, I’m happy to honor all of those we lost.” Donovan reminded the crowd that 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. If the country was able to come together regardless of race or religion then, Americans must continue this solidarity today, she said. “I want us to remember how our world changed that day,” she said. “Most of all, I want us to remember the unimaginable feelings of patriotism we experienced. We supported each other and we supported our nation.” Donovan also announced that the county is partnering with the New Jersey State Museum to bring a curriculum about 9/11 developed by its experts into local schools. Middle school and high school students will view testimonials by survivors, 9/11 families and ground zero volunteers.
Rochelle Park Unveils 9/11 Monument
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A Boy Scout places flowers by the 9/11 monument. by jason cohen In remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Bergen County held its annual 9/11 memorial on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Overpeck Park in Leonia. Led by Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the event brought together victims’ families, survivors, elected officials and local clergy. The program included the reading of the names of the 154 Bergen County residents who died on that fateful day as well as the names of 19 local military personnel who have lost their lives fighting the war on terrorism since 9/11. Those selected to read the names were Dr. Nancy Mangieri, director of the Bergen County Department of Health Services; Bergen County Police Detective Gidget Petry; Faith Tieri, sister of the late Sal Tieri Jr.; Bergen County Detective Ronald Salzano; Anthony Gardner, brother of the later Harvey Gardner III; and Freeholder Maura DeNicola. Members of local Boy and Girl Scout troops placed flowers at the memorial as each name was recited. “We will never forget the tragedies of that day,” Donovan said of the acts that
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Rochelle Park Township Committeeman Frank Valenzuela; Ann Van Hine addressing the audience; and Teresa Judge Cravello and Ann Van Hine lighting the monument. Rochelle Park hosted a 9/11 memorial on Sept. 11 when a monument that includes a piece of metal from the World Trade Center was dedicated to the memory of two local people who lost their lives that fateful day 12 years ago. One of those victims was the Rev. Mychal Judge who was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in Rochelle Park. The FDNY chaplain was a Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan order who was reportedly the first certified death at the World Trade Center. The son of Irish immigrants, Judge had a twin sister, Dympna, and an older sister, Erin. The second local victim was New York Firefighter Richard “Bruce” Van Hine of Squad 41 in the South Bronx. The Rochelle Park native was 48 years old on Sept. 11, 2001 when he was taken away from his wife of 21 years, Ann, and his daughters, Meghan, 14, and Emily, 17. The piece of the World Trade Center was acquired for Rochelle Park three years ago through the efforts of Rochelle Park resident Rich Cravello, who worked for the Port Authority. Cravello, whose wife, Teresa, is related to Judge, approached Mayor Frank Valenzuela in 2010 with the idea, and the township made a formal request for the metal. “I am extremely proud that Rochelle Park will have a proper memorial monument to those former residents and for all that were lost on that tragic day,” said Valenzuela.
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by paul hummel Vibrant sunshine, live music, a high school football game and the Rutgers 4-H and Master Gardeners Fair were among the top attractions at the second annual Bergen County Fair & Fall Harvest Festival held over the weekend of Sept. 28 at Overpeck Park. The three-day festival also featured an array of gourmet foods as well as traditional hot dogs and hamburgers along with arts and crafts displays and carnival rides ranging from a Ferris wheel to a roller coaster. “I’m proud we can host an event of such high caliber in Overpeck Park, which highlights the beautiful and extensive parks system in our county,” said
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Ridgewood Crushes Hackensack, 49-21 Marching Band Going National
no doubt keep the staff and students involved and very busy fund raising and preparing for this prestigious event.” Lisa MacVicar said that each musician will have to collect more than $600 to participate in the four-day, threenight trip. “Community and corporate support of all of our fundraisers are needed and welcomed. I would really hate to see a child miss this opportunity because we couldn’t come up with enough funds to cover the cost of the trip,” she said. “We are in the planning phase of organizing fundraisers right now, but if you happen to see us holding a bake sale, car wash or whatever else we can think of, please don’t hesitate to help.” To sponsor the team, contact Lisa MacVicar at 201646-7938. To support the group, mail monetary donations to Hackensack High School Marching Band, c/o Lisa MacVicar, 135 First St., Hackensack, N.J., 07601. Checks should be made payable to: HHS Marching Band.
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Hackensack Comets get ready for the Ridgewood Maroons. by jason cohen The Hackensack High School Comets were ready to battle on the gridiron on Friday, Sept. 27, but the Ridgewood Maroons were simply the better team. While Hackensack never quit, the varsity football game appeared over rather quickly as Ridgewood jumped out to a fast 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. At game end, Hackensack lost 49-21, dropping to 2-2 on the season. The ground-and-pound and speed of Ridgewood’s offense proved too much, admitted Hackensack Coach Benjie Wimberly. “We came out flat,” the coach said. “We played a very good football team today.” Trailing 21-6 as the half neared a close, Hackensack punted, but a ferocious hit by Goran Krasic caused a fumble and it was recovered by Elijah Johnson. This led to a touchdown and a twopoint conversion, narrowing the deficit to 21-14 with only two minutes remaining in the second quarter. As the momentum appeared to swing in Hackensack’s favor, Ridgewood took control of the game again as quarterback Jamal Locke busted out for another long touchdown run, giving the Maroons a 28-14 lead at the half. The Comets scored a quick touchdown in the beginning of the third quarter, but could not find the end zone
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Under the direction of Lisa MacVicar, the Hackensack High School Comet Marching Band has enjoyed 20 years of growth, good music, supportive administration, parents, and community. This year, without question, will be a pinnacle year in the history of the Marching Comet organization. Unbeknownst to MacVicar, the Comets were recommended by Michael Melfi, former Hackensack mayor, and the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg to participate in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. on July 4, 2014.
“We are honored to accept the nomination and represent our state and community. This is such a huge opportunity for our kids. I’m sure they will remember this experience for a lifetime. Planning and preparing for this national event is a major undertaking and fund raising will be very important,” said MacVicar. “This appointment officially extends our season from five months to 11 months and will take some heavy duty fundraising,” said Mike MacVicar, assistant band director and Hackensack Middle School band director. “The parade in Washington, D.C. will
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Hackensack Resident Wins Emmy Twentieth Century Takes Stage
Stephen Kelley, who has lived in Hackensack with his wife, Kymbra, for the last decade, won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special for his work on “Behind the Candelabra” at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 15. Kelley worked on the prosthetics for Michael Douglas’s iconic character, Liberace. “It was a challenge trying to figure out what prosthetics to use and the subtley of them to give a realistic look without going too much or too less,” he said. “I was one of Michael Douglas’ makeup artists. It was a team effort making his character come to life. He is a true professional and gentleman. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to work with such a great actor.” Kelley knew at a young age he wanted to be in the film industry but wasn’t sure how to go about it. “I remember as a young kid my parents took the family on a trip to California and we ended up going to Universal Studios for the day. The back lot tour was the most amazing thing I had ever seen,” he said. “When the tram rolled up to the ‘Psycho’ house, they were actually filming part of ‘Psycho 3.’ I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. At that moment, I knew that this is what I wanted to do, but how the hell do you get into the movie business?”
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Stephen Kelley, with his wife Kymbra, arriving on the red carpet at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, on Sunday, September 15, at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. In his senior year of high school, Kelley took a theater course and was exposed to the world of makeup effects. “My teacher taught us to do bruises, cuts and scars,” he said. “My friend and I made each other up as if we had gotten into a fight.” Kelley went home and immediately bought a makeup kit and would practice on anyone who would let him. He went on to college to study criminal justice, but then he spotted ad in a magazine for a makeup school. He talked his parents into letting him enroll, and Kelley graduated at the top of his class. Unfortunately, Kelley learned that the school had not taught him the proper techniques, and, essentially, ripped him off. “After retraining myself under other makeup artists for a couple of years, I was able to learn things correctly and slowly started taking on small jobs by myself and actually doing them right. People started liking my work and personality. As with everyone else in the business, I started to work on bigger and better projects, working my way up the ladder and paying my dues.” Those dues paid off. In 2001, Kelley received his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series, for his work on “The Sopranos.” The award was shared with his wife, who served as the key makeup artist on the show. Kelley is currently busy marketing his own makeup effects company (www.skmakeup.com) and just began work on “John Wick,” a new action movie starring Keanu Reeves. “I love the creativity involved with my job. Every day is a different challenge.”
The cast of Teaneck New Theatre’s production of Twentieth Century. Teaneck New Theatre, in association with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center presents Twentieth Century, a comic farce adapted by Ken Ludwig from the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The production will be staged at the center, 39 Broadway, from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. Michelle Thomas-Hanson of Hackensack is staging the production and the show’s producer is Teaneck resident Carol Campione. Teaneck’s Marilyn Schilkie directs, making this the 18th performance she’s directed for TNT. “I’m having a blast, I’m having so much fun working with this cast. They are phenomenal,” Schilkie said. “I always leave rehearsal laughing.” The Ken Ludwig adaptation of Twentieth Century premiered on Broadway in 2004 with Alec Baldwin and Anne Hecht in the roles made famous by John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in the 1934 Hecht/MacArthur movie version. The comedy is set in the observation car of the luxurious Twentieth Century Limited in the early 1930s. The train is travelling from Chicago to New York’s Grand Central Terminal and its passengers include Lily Garland, the glamorous, temperamental actress, played by Ridgewood resident Leslie Lello, and Lily’s former lover Oscar Jaffe, the flamboyant producer/director portrayed by Ted Cancila of Hoboken. Jaffe, who’s all but bankrupt, is desperate to get Lily on board in order to obtain financing for his next Broadway production, whatever that may be. Helping and hindering Oscar’s quest and Lily’s rejection of him are a cast of eccentric characters including Ida Webb, Jaffe’s hardboiled assistant, played by Beatriz Esteban-Messina of Union City; Owen O’Malley, Jaffe’s manager, portrayed by Linden resident Michael Burdick; religious fanatic Matthew Clark, played by Teaneck’s Elliot Pollack and George Smith, Lily’s current lover, played by Gus Ferrari of Montclair. Wouldbe playwright Dr. Grover Lockwood is portrayed by Paramus resident Mark Gordon; Anita Highland, Lockwood’s paramour, is played by Lori Milchman of Fair Lawn; and Max Jacobs, a producer-rival of Jaffe’s, is portrayed by James Pecora of Kearny. The cast also includes Jack Bachner of Lodi, Lou Pipon of Lyndhurst and Ray Parker of Maplewood. Tickets for Twentieth Century are $15; students and seniors, $12; and theater parties of 10 or more, $10. Friday nights only: two $15 tickets for the price of one. For reservations and information, call TNT at 201-692-0200 or visit www.go-tnt.org for directions and credit card ticket purchases.
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Hackensack Tenor Makes Debut
Hackensack resident Edgar Jaramillo debuts with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) in the company’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana in the role of Turiddu in a double bill with Suor Angelica at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. This year, Jaramillo, a tenor, sang in Verismo Opera’s concerts presented in various venues in Bergen County, including the Fort Lee and Oradell public libraries, and the company’s standing room-only open house in Englewood. He has performed leading roles such as Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Amici Opera in Pennsylvania and Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Operesque Opera in New York, among others. Jaramillo has also
appeared in supporting roles with Family Opera, the Henry Street Settlement and the Amato Opera. Notably, Jaramillo was a finalist of the prestigious Enzio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera’s (EPCASO) national auditions. He is pursuing a Master in Music Education at New York University from which he received a B.S. in Music Education.
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With new research indicating that smart phone users outnumber basic phone users and 100 million Americans are relying on iPhones and Androids to power their day, it’s no surprise that apps are being used to navigate the world. The Upper Main Alliance has heeded the call and Hackensack’s Main Street is now the first downtown shopping district in New Jersey to create a smart phone app to navigate its downtown. selected store or restaurant. “We are so excited to be able to give both residents and visitors to Hackensack a user-friendly iPhone or Android app that will allow them to explore all that Downtown Hackensack offers,” said Jerome Lombardo, chairman, Upper Main Alliance. “Not only does this app help you find the various retailers and restaurants. But it is also great for people who are looking to take advantage of the Hackensack Downtown rehabilitation as it lists available commercial real estate with pictures and contacts.” The app also features a complete event tab which lists happenings throughout Hackensack’ Downtown. businesses. an app. The new free mobile app, offered in both the App Store for iPhone and Play Store for Android can be found by searching “Hackensack Main Street.”
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Searching for a new restaurant? The Hackensack Main Street App lists addresses, phone numbers, Web site links and even reviews on the more than 35 restaurants, cafes and food specialty stores located on strip between Atlantic and East Anderson streets. Users can filter by cuisine and distance to their location. There is also information about clothing, music, uniforms, a manicure, health care and other services. One can easily filter by type of business in seconds. The app also allows users to open up a Google-based map to see the cross streets and other places of interest near the
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Health & Fitness
Rochelle Park 5K Run Varsity Girls Playing Tougher
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A couple at the Rochelle Park 5K Run holding hands as they cross the finish line. Hundreds gathered at Midland School on Sept. 29 for the first Rochelle Park Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk. Participants of all ages wound through the township streets on a glorious Sunday morning, some running, while others pushing baby strollers and enjoying the company of their neighbors. The overall winner was Eric Verhasselt, 22, of Rochelle Park. Andrew Lefer, 22, of Paramus, took second, and Raymond Paul, 53, of Midland Park, came in third. The first woman to cross the finish line was Barbara Willock, 50, of Woodcliff Lake. The fastest 13-and-under boy was Kirk Schmidt, 13, of Rochelle Park. The fastest 13-and-under girl was Caitlin Scully, 11, of Rochelle Park. Proceeds from race registrations will go toward Rochelle Park youth programs.
The 2013 girls’ varsity soccer team. The Hackensack High School varsity girls’ soccer team is playing more competitive and improving this season with the hopes of winning more games over last year. “It will be a struggle facing the likes of Northern Highlands and Ramapo twice a season,” admitted Coach Tara Jakubik, who’s leading the team for the fifth year. Jakubik said the players to keep an eye on are Jessica Raccioppi, a junior who is considered the top offensive player and will anchor the attack, along with senior Mary Kate Lisi, who plays in the middle. Maria Saad, a junior midfielder, will also be stepping up her game. Several players rotated in the goal last year, and senior Re’ona Pettway could be used in that position. Savannah LoVecchio, a junior playing her third year on varsity, will be the key defender protecting the goal.
Free YMCA Youth Memberships
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nity to maintain a healthy lifestyle while under the guidance of trained staff. Students simply need to bring proof of seventh grade status (a roster or report card), along with a parent/ guardian to the Y’s front desk to register. At the Y, teens arriving from 3 to 4 p.m. will have time for homework prior to engaging in activities. From 4 to 6 p.m., there are two one-hour periods where teens are able to choose activities such as running, swimming, stretching and conditioning, gym games (pickle ball, dodge ball, soccer or basketball), Wii and use of the Wellness Center. Teens will receive an orientation on proper use of equipment and will be monitored to ensure proper use of equipment. For more information, contact Mary Sullivan at 201-487-6600, ext. 205, email@example.com or visit www.ymcagbc.org.
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A Gift for Gift-Giving
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Maywood Mayor Gregg Padovano cut the ceremonial ribbon at Kathie’s. by Joy belgiovine Jennifer Zebrowski makes it her mission to find the perfect gift for every guest that visits her Maywood shop, Kathie’s Gifts and Accessories. With a staff of five, Kathie’s Gifts and Accessories carries popular lines such as Alex and Ani, Pandora, Natural Life, Vera Bradley and Brighton and offers a variety of price points and style options. “I love helping my guests choose a gift that means something to them or for someone else that makes a lasting impression,” she explained. “I will call my guests when something comes in that I know they like. I pride myself on being able to find exactly what someone has been looking for or wants.” Going that extra mile for her clientele is something Zebrowski learned early on by watching her parents, who owned Kathie’s Christmas and Collectibles for 32 years in Harrisburg, Pa. “I already loved retail. I’ve worked in retail and I’ve always been comfortable around it. It made sense to get into the family business.” After her son was born, Zebrowski decided the time was right to open her own business in the New York/New Jersey area. Her parents, Bill and Kathie Hughes, now retired, were in full support. Five years ago, Kathie’s Gifts and Accessories opened its doors at Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, N.Y., and later at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, finally settling on a home in Maywood last July. An official grand opening was held on Sept. 27. “It’s been such a warm reception. The residents and business owners in Maywood have been really nice,” Zebrowski, said. “I selected Maywood because it’s in close proximity to where we were so it’s easily accessible to my customer base. I also like that it’s in a neighborhood filled with an eclectic mix of stores. It’s got a very personal feel.” Zebrowski is member of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce and involved in an after-school drama program for grades 5 through 8 in Pearl River, N.Y. Zebrowski, who has a background in acting, explained that the retail business is a lot like the theater. “At the end of the day, you always have to bring your A game, you can’t drop the ball – you are always on.” Kathie’s Gifts and Accessories is currently offering grand opening specials, with more promotions scheduled for the holidays. For more information, call 201-226-9555 or visit http://www.kathiesgifts.com. Kathie’s Gifts and Accessories is located at 136 W. Pleasant Ave. in Maywood. Free parking is available.
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A select number of members of Maywood Boy Scout Troop 1200 recently attended an ancient Indian Ordeal at Camp Yaw Paw Ramapo Mountain Reservation in Mahwah. The boys all successfully completed the ordeal and were sworn into the Order of the Arrow, an honor camper organization of the Boy Scouts.
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South Hackensack’s Police Chief
Members of the Little Ferry - South Hackensack girls’ softball team and their coach with members of the South Hackensack Township Committee. Stefano said he remembered Frew joining the force when Stefano was in sixth grade at Memorial School. “You were always a community officer,” he said. Department of Public Works Superintendent Larry Paladino shared the others’ sentiments. “I got on the job right before Mike and it has been an honor and a privilege to have him as a friend and chief.. Frew thanked the township committee and the municipal employees of South Hackensack for their continued support. “I enjoyed working with everyone. It was an honor and a pleasure. I would also like to thank all the residents for supporting me.” Frew is temporarily being replaced by Capt. Joseph Terraccino, who Committeeman Gary Brugger said will be the officer in charge until a permanent replacement is named. In other meeting business, the township committee made special presentations to the Little Ferry-South Hackensack 11- and 12-year-old girls’ all-stars softball team, which recently won New Jersey District 6 and New Jersey Section 2 championships. The following girls accepted certificates of appreciation: Alexa Regan, Angelina PuPoise Martial Arts
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A young Hackensack player waits for a teammate’s pass at Johnson Park. by michael cohen From the anxious 5-yearold to the experienced 14-year-old, young soccer lovers gathered at Johnson Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 for the opening of the fall season of the Hackensack Junior Soccer Association. With a total of 220 kids participating this season, HJSA organizers are ecstatic about the present and future of the program. Launched 12 years ago by Enza Kowal, a mom whose son began playing the sport when he was 5, the HJSA has developed into an institution in the city. The regular fall season runs right through Nov. 2, with finals scheduled for Nov. 10. Traveling teams for both boys and girls compete all year in the Northern Counties Soccer League. On opening day, the grass field was divided into three separate fields to accommodate the peewees and 7- to 8-year-olds’ squads, while the HJSA boys’ traveling team was busy on the AstroTurf field at the front of Johnson Park. “I feel our program has grown by leaps and bounds over the years,” Kowal said. “Playing soccer in Hackensack has become an event.” Now into its second decade, the program has seen alumni return to either volunteer coach or referee. Some former HJSA players now have their younger brothers and sisters or children playing. “Friendly faces is a big thing for our organization,” said Kowal. “We treat everyone like they are part of the family here. Over time, you get to know the people, and everyone comes back to contribute to the program.” HJSA recently launched its own Web site where parents are able to register their children. Organizers hope to keep players, coaches and families up to date via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Most exciting this season is the incorporation of professional trainers from Fast Track Soccer who will teach the kids advanced techniques during the week. “I grew up playing this game and it’s the simplest game in the world,” said HJSA Treasurer Andrew Wright, who has been a volunteer for the past six years. “When I grew up, you didn’t have facilities like this, so we had to create a field. It didn’t matter, because we loved it. All you need is a ball and a game.” Participation in the soccer program is very affordable to accommodate the diverse economic background of people of Hackensack. A $65 registration fee covers uniforms, socks, shoes, training and games. Practices and games are held five days a week, with Saturday being the biggest game day. To find out more about the Hackensack Junior Soccer Association visit www.hackensacksoccer.org.
South Hackensack Player Amazes
Stef Scholz of South Hackensack scored four goals – the most for Rutgers University since Sept. 23, 1984 – and the Rutgers women’s soccer team cruised to a 5-1 win against in-state rival Princeton on Sept. 22 at Yurcak Field. “We know Stef has it in her and I’m very happy for her, because there’s been hard work, there’s been more consistency and all four goals were fantastic finishes,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “You can tell she’s in tune, she’s not turning off and she’s just seeing things better. We’re trying to get enough variety on the scoring charts as possible. We want different people to produce, so it’s great for the team.” Scholz, a junior forward, scored the most goals for a Rutgers player since Elyse Eichman-Dolan notched five in 1984 – the inaugural season of Rutgers women’s soccer. Scholz came into the weekend without a goal this season, but now leads the team in the category. She recorded a hat-trick in just 18 minutes of play in the
lido, Falynn Gilchrist, Autumn Thorpe, Gianna Sarlo, Crystal Mudry, Casey Calabrese, Rebecca Grater, I-Asiah Christmas, Angela Aragon and Dorian Capurso. Frew also acknowledged a few business owners in town for their participation in the National Night Out Celebration last August. Robert Fox of Crazy Roni’s and Vinko Astalkoski of Alan Party Rental were presented with certificates for their efforts. Cagas then presented the Mayor’s Award to resident Brian Smith for his efforts that evening. “It makes me happy to see kids excel in sports and rewarding our young people and business owners,” said Cagas. The committee accepted a retirement notice from Sgt. John Rizer effective Jan. 1, 2014. Also recently retired are Deputy Chief Michael Montenegro and Lt. Stephen Furbacher. In new business, Township Attorney David Nasta suggested that the agreement for the new comfort station inside Memorial School be revisited. Nasta called for the provision that gives the superintendent of schools full discretion over who uses the station to be refashioned. “I believe the authority needs to be vested with the mayor and/or police chief,”
he said. The comfort station will be used in emergencies to provide South Hackensack residents a roof over their heads, as well as electric and heat and/or air conditioning. Brugger suggested the township move forward with hiring police officers as the next police academy class begins in January. A discussion about charging an application fee will be considered in the future, but Brugger requested that the township clerk be authorized to accept applications for the police department immediately due to the recent retirements. During the public comments portion of the meeting, resident Al D’Ambrosio urged the committee to consider painting curbs yellow on certain corners in town. D’Ambrosio explained that fire trucks are not able to swing around due to cars being parked near corners. Some suggested areas are Chestnut and Phillips avenues and John Street and Calicooneck Road. Resident Lonnie Bedell asked why the township is cutting down trees and not replacing them. Cagas was quick to reply. “This town never took care of their trees. There is no opposition to planting trees. There is just no money.”
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Stef Scholz first half, giving the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 lead at the half.
Remembering Plaid Stamps
by barbara j. gooding Today there are so many ways of redeeming the awards from a purchased product or service by being a loyal customer. Banks, stores, airlines, hotels, credit cards and such all have ways to reward us. This, however, is not a 21st century concept. Beginning in the 1930’s through the 1980’s, Sperry & Hutchinson began offering stamps to their retailers, gas stations, grocery and department stores, who, in turn, would pass them along to their customers in several denominations based on the value of what they purchased. Bear in mind, this program was totally a cash transaction. No credit cards were part of this. They didn’t exist. These stamps were known as S&H Green Stamps and, in our area, we knew them as Triple S Stamps, mostly obtained through purchases at a Grand Union. In the 1960’s, a popular savings stamp was the MacDonald Plaid Stamp that was presented to A&P customers based on the amount of money that was spent on groceries. One could paste 50 single stamps, five 10-stamps or one 50-stamp per page in the Plaid Stamp Saver Book. Like many similar books, it was comprised of 24 pages, and one complete book equaled $12. That was quite a bit of money back then. This redemption experience was a thrilling and popular one during this era. It was the talk of neighborhood barbecues and cocktail parties. Plaid Land Redemption Centers were local. This is where you’d take your completed stamped books, having filled out the Plaid Stamp Order Form and arrive to redeem your selected purchase. This experience was as exciting as looking at the yearly Christmas Sears Roebuck catalog and getting your pick that day. By the way, if you
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lived outside the 25-mile radius of the nearest Plaid Land, you could mail in your order with your books and applicable taxes and allow two to three weeks for delivery. No one in my family can remember what we earned with the stamps but I wonder if an old plaid Thermos container came from Plaid Land. Who knows. Those were the days. Barbara J. Gooding is a creative and historical writer who resides in Hackensack. She may be contacted via The County Seat newspaper or email@example.com.
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Paramus Teen Promotes Tolerance
acceptance among all students and foster tolerance for others. “I became close with people whom I never thought I would be,” Ariana said. “I learned a lot about myself and worked together with many people to make my school a better place.” Ariana has been a Girl Scout since first grade. At Paramus High School, she is a member of the Tri M Music Honor Society, marching band, concert band and jazz band. She also participates in drama and the school musicals. “Being involved in Girl Scouts has shaped me to be a well-rounded person,” Ariana said. “It has taught me to be involved and volunteer in my community. Many great attributes I have are because of my involvement in Girl Scouts.”
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Ariana Dellosa with members of Come Together. Ariana Dellosa, a Paramus High School student, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award by starting a club at her school to challenge others to break down social barriers and become friends. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and requires the completion of a leadership project of at least 80 hours. Each girl must discover an issue in the community, connect with experts and community members, and take action to cause positive change. Known as “Come Together,” the club invited students to participate in events and activities encouraging teens be kind and accepting to each other. With more than 30 active participants, the group was able to promote
An Afternoon in the Park
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The Hackensack African American Civic Association (HAACA) celebrated
its fourth annual Family Fun Day, Sept. 14 in Carver Park. Games, local enter-
tainment, vendors, food and great weather lured families to the park for an afternoon of fun. Blanche Candi Stuart, the group’s new president, continues HAACA’s quest to encourage the entire neighborhood to become involved in the community through programs and events such as the Hip Hop Summit, black history presentations, and more. To learn more, visit www. haaca.org.
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Sukkot Tricks and Treats
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Magician Ben Tzion Zuckier performed magic tricks at the Sukkot party held at the Jewish Center of Teaneck on Sept. 22. More than 100 children and their parents enjoyed the activities and the treat table filled with apples, cookies, sweets, drinks and more in the new Sukkah gifted by Valerie Anavim and her children.
Residents Demand End to Profiling
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munity they patrolled and knew who was involved in crime and who wasn’t. “There has to be a way that we all get together to solve this problem,” Whiting said. “They don’t know who’s in the game and who is out of the game. Peo-
ple get pulled over when they aren’t doing anything wrong.” Laneica Cloud and her husband, Jerome, said they were fed up with improper motor vehicle stops. Last week, Jerome Cloud was arrested by members of a
county law enforcement task force for what his wife described as “no reason.” It was simply racial profiling, she said. “They don’t know us,” Laneica said. “They don’t know the community.”
Ridgewood Crushes Hackensack, 49-21
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the rest of the game. Locke continued to run the ball and carved up the Comets’ defense. Locke had a total of 103 yards on the ground, rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one. Wimberly said his team game-planned with Locke in mind the previous week, but he proved to be too much to handle. “They executed well,” he said. “We kept showing our immaturity.” Turnovers and missed tackles plagued Hackensack in the second half. The staunch defensive line of Ridgewood forced quarterback Jalen Wheeler to press and he overthrew a receiver in the beginning of the fourth quarter, giving the ball right back to Ridgewood. The offense, which produced more than 300 yards,
wasn’t the problem, Wimberly said. Wheeler completed 15 of 26 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Hackensack running back Aaron Guzman rushed for 100 yards and scored a touchdown. It just wasn’t enough. “I give them all the credit,” Wimberly said of his Ridgewood opponents. “He (Locke) made great plays that great players make.” Locke urged players to keep their heads up because they were scheduled to play a tough game on Friday, Oct. 4 against Eastside High School of Paterson. A Paterson native himself, Wimberly said the game would have extra meaning for him. “I think that makes it a little more exciting than I want it to be,” he said. “It will be a very intense week of practice.”
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“This organization is originally for children from 5 years up to the first year in college and we do all sorts of events,” said Gohlich. “We were originally agriculturally based but it’s brought to different levels now.” The Master Gardeners of New Jersey works in conjunction with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension and offered a variety of exhibits at the fair ranging from gardening, flowers that attract birds, pest management and property of plant physiology. “The Master Gardeners are all volunteers and Rutgers trains them and each
of 100 hours back to Bergen County,” said Professor Joel Flagler. “They are sophisticated and relevant and help in the county nature centers and parks.” Hackensack Riverkeeper volunteers spoke to fairgoers about the group’s new kayak launch on the river in Overpeck Park. “We want to make the river a place where it’s recreational for kayaking and boating and make it open to everyone,” said Sarah Menchise, a volunteer. In the high school varsity football game on Saturday night that featured two top ranked teams, St. Joseph’s Regional routed Bergen Catholic, 49-6.
YMCA Teen Leaders
The YMCA of Greater Bergen County in Hackensack is offering the Teen Leaders Club for eighth through 12th graders. This is a national club. Teen Leaders Club is an opportunity for teens to learn about leadership, become involved with the community and have fun with peers. The club meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Sullivan at 201-487-6600, ext. 205 or e-mail msullivan@ ymcagbc.org.
AT THE LIBRARIES JOHNSON LIBRARY Library closed: Oct. 14. GALLERY AND CASES: Cases: Happy Halloween from the Junior Department. Gallery: The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties, and, in the flat case: “Baring Our Souls” from Shelter our Sisters. HOW MUCH IS A NAME WORTH TO YOUR BUSINESS Oct. 9 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. NO PHOTOSHOP, NO PROBLEM Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Learn to be creative with your computer without costly programs. Pre-registration recommended. COMPOSTING FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT Oct. 10 from, 7 – 8 p.m. Learn to keep your garden healthy while composting in the fall. Preregistration recommend CARING FOR A PARENT WITH ALZHEIMER’S OR DEMENTIA Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. with Lynn Reed of Kessler Institute. Pre-registration recommended. CREATING WITH CLAY Oct. 23 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. hands-on pottery class using self-drying clay. Preregistration required. BURN, MUSIC, BURN! Oct. 30, 7 – 8 p.m. Learn about free downloadable music from your library. Preregistration recommended. PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. AIM Workshop presents a hands-on series for beginners and playwrights with works-inprogress. Writers should bring scenes or scripts-in-progress with them. BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be The Absolutist by John Boyne. Call 201-343-4781. JUST THE FACTS: A NONFICTION ONLY BOOK CLUB Oct. 26 held at 11 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly. To register, call Kate at 201-343-4169 ext. 36. TEEN BOOKS FOR ADULT READERS 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. The book will be Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. INSPECT YOUR GADGET Every Thursday morning from 11 – 12 a.m. for smart phones, tablets, nooks, kindles and more. Bring the device and the manual and they will help you use it more efficiently. Hackensack residents only. FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Call the library for film information. TEEN TUESDAYS free and open to students Grades 7 – 12 for video games, Internet and board games from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Oct. 8 at 1:15 p.m., Oct. 15, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. No advance registration necessary and weekly attendance isn’t required. New participants are always welcome. Bring your library card for Internet use. Seventh graders need a red permission dot on their card. HAUNTED LIBRARY Oct. 25 for children ages 6 – 11 who do not frighten easily. Tours run every 15 minutes stating at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited. Register in the Children’s Room. PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Program of stories, videos and crafts for ages 3 – 5. Pre-registration required. MOTHER GOOSE TIME Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. Rhymes, finger plays, songs, a game and a story for children under age 3 and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. SPECIAL NEEDS STORY HOUR Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Registration required. MEET THE ORCHESTRA Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. For ages 2 – 5 p.m. Musical romp for children and their caregivers. DROP-IN VIDEO GAMES Mondays at 3:30 p.m. for grades 4 – 6 only. CHESS CLUB Oct. 8, 26 at 3:30 p.m. for beginners and intermediate players. Pre-registration required. ROBOTICS Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Preregistration required. ANIMATION Oct. 7, 11 to learn to animate drawings. Pre-registration required. ARTS AND CRAFTS Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Robot craft for grade 2 and up. SATURDAY MOVIES at 2 p.m. for children of all ages. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE for individual assistance or tutoring with one of the librarians. Hackensack residents only. Call 201-343-4169 ext. 22. LEARN ENGLISH OR SPANISH USING ROSETTA STONE for Hackensack residents only. Ages 14 and up. By appointment only. Call 201-3434169 ext. 34 or e-mail. ENGLISH CONVERSATION Every Monday from 6 – 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 – 11 a.m. and Saturday 11:30- 12:30 p.m. Group classes are being offered for high-intermediate or advanced levels in English. No registration required. Space limit to first five people who come. Hackensack residents only. FREEGAL, FREADING AND VIDEO GAMES offers free music, free new e-books and video games available from the Hackensack.bccls. org Web site. Also borrow a Kindle. Contact Catherine Folk-Pushee for complete information. Borrow a Kindle offered to Hackensack members. Library Board Meeting Dates 2013, 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. Facebook.com/ JohnsonPublicLibrary. Call 201343-4169 ext. 14 or visit Hackensack. bccls.org. MAYWOOD LIBRARY GIFT A BOOK FUNDRAISER dedicate and donate a Children’s/ Young Adult book. 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. NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS career support group on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Also available are Computer Training classes and Job Readiness Workshops. COMPUTER TRAINING AND MS SUITE CLASSES. Call to register and for dates and information. ADULT BOOK CLUB second Friday of the month. at 11 a.m. Book club is led by Louise Feulner. VAST FOREIGN COLLECTION to accommodate the 38 percent of residents in Bergen County who speak a language other than English. Come visit the library and explore the books and DVDs on hand and to request additional language books ask a staff member at the library. YOUNG ADULT EXHIBITORS WANTED to display art work. All art is welcome. Contact Jenna at 201845-2915. MAYWOOD LOCAL HISTORY ROOM by appointment only; for group tours call Carol Dass at 201-845-8830 or visit maywoodhistory.com. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Call 201-845-2915. PARAMUS LIBRARY ACTIVITIES open to Paramus residents only. Registration required unless otherwise noted. STORYTIMES: for Paramus residents at Main Branch: Little Bookworms for birth -18 months with caregiver Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Teeny Time for ages 18 - 30 months with caregiver, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Tell Me a Story for ages 2.5 – 3.5 with caregiver on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3.5 – 5 on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:15. Pajama Storytimes at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22. 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 at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Registration required on all. HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES Magic, Myth and Monsters on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and costume party and parade on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. SPECIAL FALL PROGRAMS Bergen County Zoo: Wild Pets on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. for K-4. Movie Matinee for all ages Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Garden Arts for kids on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. THRILLING THURSDAYS starting Oct. 24 for ages 2.5-5 at 11 a.m. ESL Intermediate Classes Open to All Bergen County Residents offered Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Free, Paramus residents having priority. Registration required. Call 201-599-1305. Main Library at 116 E. Century Rd. Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. - Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. The Reid Branch at 239 W. Midland Ave. Monday – 1 – 9 p.m. Tuesday Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 201-5991300 or visit paramuslibrary.org. AT THE BERGEN COUNTY ZOO AND GOLF ZOO BOO – HALLOWEEN EVENT presented at Bergen County Zoo on Oct. 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets available at the zoo for $6. Train tickets $5. Trick-or-treating in the zoo, ghostly storytelling and magic shows. Eerie Express Train Oct. 25, 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Not recommended for young children. Call 201-262-3771 ext. 113. AT THE RIVERKEEPER 14th ANNUAL AWARDS & SUSTAINABLE SEAFOODFEST Oct. 23 honoring East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella and United Water Company at Florentine Gardens at 6:30 p.m. $125. Visit hackensackriverkeeper.org for tickets. ECO-CRUISES, PADDLING CENTER AND RIVER CLEANUPS Open Eco-Cruises from now – Oct. 13. $25/adults, $10/kids 4 – 12. Paddling Center open weekends now - Oct. 28. Canoe and kayak rentals, $25 per paddler w/a two paddler minimum for guided paddles. Full Moon paddles $30/per paddler, $15/paddlers with their own boats. Private group paddles also available. River cleanups from through Oct. 20. Visit Web site for dates and times. Bird walks, indoor presentations also available. Visit hackensackriverkeeper.org. For information, call 201-9680808/eco-cruises and 201-9204746/Paddle Center or visit hackensackriverkeeper.org. AT FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 20, 2 – 6 p.m. Featuring bluegrass music, barbecue, games, crafts, animal ambassadors and nature walks for the whole family. Members admitted free with registration by Oct. 14. Non-members $13/adults, $9/children 6 – 17. Children under 5/free. Call 201-567-1265 to register. SUNSET HIKES Tuesdays in Oct. from 6 – 7 p.m. for adults and children 10 and up. No need to register. Free/ members, $5/non-members. GARDEN IN THE MORNING Wednesdays in Oct. from 9 – 11 a.m. For adults. Help maintain the native plant gardens as part of the Flat Brook Gardeners. No experience necessary. Bring work gloves. Free, no need to register. HIKES WITH TYKES Nov. 3 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. for families with children 4 – 9. Register by mail or online. Family cost $5/members, $8/non-members. LEAVES AND SEEDS Oct. 27 from, 2 – 3:30 p.m. for families ages 7 and older. Walk the trails and learn about leaves and seeds and the changes in fall. Craft after hike. $5/family members, $8/family non-members. HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS Mondays for ages 5 – 7 and 8 – 12 Oct. 21, 28. Nov. 4, 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. Supplement your science curriculum and meet other homeschooled families. Space is limited. $80/members, $100/ non-members. Flat Rock is located off Route 4 at 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Call 201-567-1265 or visit flatrockbrook.org. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Monthly TENAFLY JCC on the Palisades Seeks Artists to Exhibit for monthly shows featuring work of painters, photographers, digital artists and other creative designers for wall art at the JCC Waltuch Art Gallery. Prepare a brief bio, an artist’s statement and 3 – 4 high resolution jpegs of your work for consideration to rlazarus@ jcdotp.org. Now through Dec. 4 PARAMUS “Sandy: Artists Respond to a Once and Future Superstorm” at the Gallery Bergen at Bergen Community College through Dec. 4. Reception on Tuesday Oct. 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion with artists at the Pritkin Education Center, room A-101 from 12:20 – 1:40 p.m. Curator’s Tours on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 7 from 12:20 – 1:30 p.m. Lecture by Julie Reiss, “Global Connections: Artists at the Venice Biennale Address Climate Change” Nov. 12 from 12:20 – 1:40 p.m. Visit Bergen.edu/ gallerybergen. Oct. 11 PARAMUS Cristina Fontanelli (Viva L’Italia) presented by Bergen Community College in the Anna Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. General admission $35. Call 201-447-7428. Oct. 11 – 13 FAIR LAWN Funny Girl presented by the Skyline Theatre company at the George Frey Center in the Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St. Oct. 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13 at 2 p.m. $28/adults, $20/seniors, $18/ students. Call 1-800-474-1299 or skylinetheatrecompany.org. Oct. 12 RIDGEWOOD Palisades Virtuosi: The Next Generation Concert presented at the Unitarian Society, 113 Cottage Place, at 8 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.$20, $15/ students and seniors. Call 201488-4983 or visit palisadevirtousi.org. Oct. 18 PARAMUS Peter Yarrow presented by Bergen Community College in the Anna Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. General admission $35. Call 201-447-7428. Oct. 18 – Nov. 3 LEONIA I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change presented by the Players Guild of Leonia at the Civil War Drill Theater, 130 Grand Ave. on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Visit leoniaplayers.org. Oct. 20 ENGLEWOOD Verismo Opera featuring Hackensack resident Edgar Jaramillo in the production of Cavalleria Rusticana at the bergenPAC Center, 30 North Van Brunt St. at 3 p.m. Call 201-227-1030 or 1-800-PACSHOW. Oct. 25 SPARKILL, NY Guitar Magic Celebrates the Rolling Stones presented by Arts Rock at the Union Arts Center, 2 Union Ave. at 8 p.m. $20/advance, $25/at the door, $15/ students. Wine served only to those 21 or over. Call 855-278-7762 or artsrock. org. Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 HACKENSACK Twentieth Century, a comic farce presented by Teaneck New Theatre at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m. $15, $12/ students and seniors, $10/theater parties of 10 or more. Friday nights only: Two $15 tickets for the price of one. Call 201-692-0200 or visit go-tnt.org. Oct. 26 – Nov. 16 ORADELL A Shayna Maidel presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Red Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. Call about single or season tickets at 201-262-0515 or visit bcplayers.org. 201-947-9606. Nov. 8 SPARKILL NY Guitar Magic Celebrates Bob Dylan presented by Arts Rock at the Union Arts Center, 2 Union Ave. at 8 p.m. $20/advance, $25/at the door, $15/ students. Wine served only to those 21 or over. Call 855-278-7762 or artsrock. org. Nov. 8 PARAMUS Cissy Houston presented by Bergen Community College in the Anna Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. General admission $35. Call 201-447-7428. BUSINESS AND NETWORKING Every Thursday HACKENSACK Hackensack Rotary Club meets at Rudy’s, 107 Anderson St. Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Focus on community service and information through weekly programs. Visit hackensackrotary.org. Contact Amanda Missey, membership chairwoman, at 201-281-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Every Thursday MAYWOOD Maywood Rotary Club meets at Maywood Inn for lunch on Thursdays. Nov. 5, MRC Pancake Breakfast at Maywood Avenue School cafeteria from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 201-8438763. Every Wednesday TEANECK Teaneck Rotary Club meets for lunch at Vitale’s, 293 Queen Anne Rd., at noon. Cost of lunch only, kosher meals available in advance. Oct. 8, joint networking with the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce at Victoria’s Café, 336 Queen Anne Rd. from 6 – 9 p.m. Call 201-837-8600. See the Web site for guest speakers. 201-843-2169. HACKENSACK Business Volunteer Council Events: Fifth Fridays at Stony Hill Inn: November 22. $35. For information on all events call 201-489-9454 or visit bergenvolunteers.org or nnjbvc.org. HACKENSACK Regional Chamber of Commerce Oct. 16, General Membership Breakfast. Call 201-880-1898. 201-489-3700 or visit hackensackchamber.org. TEANECK Chamber of Commerce Events: Oct. 8, Joint networking with the Teaneck Rotary at Victoria’s Café, 336 Queen Anne Rd. from 6 – 9 p.m. Call 201837-8600. Call 201-801-0012 or visit teaneckchamber.org. MAHWAH Mahwah Regional Chamber Events Oct. 24, Non-member 2013 Open House, “Harvest Your Business” at Hilton Woodcliff Lake from 6 – 8 p.m. 201-529-5566 or visit Mahwah.com. MEADOWLANDS Meadowlands Regional Chamber Oct. 15, Eggs and Issues. Oct. 17, Monthly Networking Meeting. Oct. 17, 40th Annual Awards Gala held at Westmount Country Club at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 Alternative Sources of Funding: With Kickstarter. Visit meadowlands.org. CIANJ Commerce and Industry Association of NJ events: Oct. 17, Oktoberfest, 6 – 8 p.m. Beer and Wine tasting at Singer Nelson Charlmers, Conference Room, 1086 Teaneck Rd. Teaneck, NJ Nov. 22 HACKENSACK Fifth Friday (this time it is the fourth) presented by Bergen Volunteers at Stony Hill Inn from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Must RSVP by Nov. 12. Special guest speakers Brigid Callahan Harrison and Peter Woolley. Call 201-489-9454 ext. 119 or bergenvolunteers.org. CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN Mondays HACKENSACK Citizenship Classes at the Johnson Library from 10 – 11 a.m. Call 201343-4169 ext. 21. HACKENSACK Internet Classes offered by the Johnson Public Library. Hackensack residents only. Call for details. 201343-4781. Saturdays TEANECK Salsa Aerobic Dance Classes with dancer/choreographer Donay at ClubFit, 444 Cedar Lane from noon – 1 p.m. For men and women, no partners required. $10/person. Call 201-8940138. Fourth Sunday MAYWOOD Square Dancing presented by Maywood Recreation and FAD (Fun at Dancing) held at the Maywood Senior Recreation Center from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Children first grade and older may attend with an adult. Call Jim at 201-712-1853 squaredance2@ yahoo.com. HACKENSACK YMCA Fall registration includes classes in dance, arts, wellness, sports basketball, martial arts, indoor soccer, indoor T-ball, tennis and volleyball. Teens can sign up for teen leaders or teen movie nights. Call 201-487-6600 or visit ymcagbc.org. Fall LYNDHURST Meadowlands YMCA classes 15-week fall fitness classes held at the Lyndhurst
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Nellie K. Parker Read-A-Thon
Helstrom, Choi Named Semi-Finalists
Photo Courtesy: Arlena Jones
Photo Courtesy: Linda Broek
Kindergarteners in Brooke Friedman’s and Ruth Rice’s classes at Ridge Ranch School in Paramus started their school year with an introduction to the alphabet by reading the popular children’s book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Nellie K. Parker School of Hackensack hosted its second annual Read-a-Thon on Sept. 26. Students in prekindergarten through fourth grade were challenged to read each day and write comprehensively during the summer. By the start of school, an overwhelming total of 2,093 hours of reading had been completed by 119 Parker students. That tops last year’s total of 1,870 hours. Reading medals and certificates were presented to all participants.
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Erik Helstrom and Daniel Choi Paramus High School seniors Erik Helstrom and Daniel Choi have attained semi-finalist standing in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition. Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 Merit Program by taking the 2012 P.S.A.T/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Midland Students Support Troops
Celebrating Hillers School Grandparents
Middle East and India
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Photo Courtesy: Robert Marion
In partnership with Girl Scout Troop 1221, students at Midland School of Paramus decorated 200 bags as part of Operation Goody Bag during the second annual Commit to Color event on Sept. 11. Flags, smiley faces and thank you messages adorned the bags.
On Sept. 20, Fanny Meyer Hillers School of Hackensack hosted a grand celebration in honor of all grandparents. The more than 60 grandparents in attendance began their morning with a continental breakfast sponsored by the Hillers PTA. As a special treat, each grandchild personally escorted his or her grandparent to visit the classroom. Certificates were presented to all participants. Kerry and Kimaya Hadley, Mr. Lloyd Wright remarked, “This was great,” said Lloyd Wright, granddad to Kerry and Kimaya Hadley. “It made my day. I really feel special..
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Paramus Athletic Hall of Fame
The third class of the Paramus High School Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected and will be honored with a dinner at Seasons, 644 Pascack Road, Washington Township, on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The 2013 inductees will be student-athletes Jeff Perry, 1964; Rich Cirner, 1965; John Favero, 1966; Glenn Morschauser, 1967; Doug Cinnella, 1982; Kevin Ralph, 1990; Joe Cervino, 1996; Rocco Rinaldi, 1998; Michele Walker, 1999; Scott Page 16 - October 2013 - The County Seat
East Brook Hosts Fair
Now in the fifth year of their Middle States Multi-Cultural Mosaic Project, the students of Visitation Academy of Paramus have shifted their focus from African cultures to Middle Eastern and Indian cultures. The Multi-Cultural Mosaic Project is a Middle States endeavor launched by the school community in the spring of 2009. The project includes studying five cultures, one each year.
Barchetto, 2001; and Brittany Schillizzi, 2007. The teams being inducted include 1964 baseball, 1965 men’s track and 1981 women’s volleyball. Coach Joe Cervino is also among the honorees. Information and tickets for the dinner may be obtained by visiting www.paramus.k12. nj.us, or by contacting Chairman Kevin Behnke at email@example.com or 201262-1818. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Schools Among Top 10
Nellie K. Parker School in Hackensack and South Hackensack Memorial School have each been recognized as a Top 10 Elementary School by the New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now (JerseyCAN). Bergen County Technical School in Teterboro also earned a place on the JerseyCAN Top 10 High School list. JerseyCAN’s Top 10 Schools are part of its newly released school and district report cards, which detail the
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East Brook Middle School of Paramus recently hosted its Co-Curricular Fair. Students enjoyed visiting with teachers who advise the various school clubs and learning more about their activities.
performance of every public school and district in the state. Parker School has been recognized as a Top 10 School for elementary school black student performance, coming in ninth, while South Hackensack Memorial School has been recognized for elementary school Latino performance in the fourth place slot. Bergen County Technical School in Teterboro was also recognized for Latino performance at the high school level.
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Parks and Recreation Community Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Piloxing, Body Sculpting, and Belly Dancing. Call 201-955-5300. Fall ENGLEWOOD First Presbyterian Church of Englewood classes and programs, 150 Palisade Ave. for adults and children. Wonderful Wednesdays through Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. for pre-schoolchildren an caregivers or parents, with a prayer yoga and free time. Oct. 27, Youth Group Heifer International Read to Feed culmination celebration. Middle School Yout. Group skit and promotion of UNICEF on Nov. 3. Fall Church School for children and Scripture Study for youth offers classes for all age groups and special needs children. Adult Bible Study at 10 a.m. Coffee and Conversations after the 11 a.m. worship. Child Care available every Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Call 201-568-7373 ext. 307 or visit englewoodpres.org. Through Jan. 15 TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON Classes at JCC Bergen County 605 Pascack Rd. Imagination in Motion from 4:15 - 5 p.m. for teens and young adults’ $260/members, $330/nonmembers. Bear With Me: Adaptive Martial Arts for ages 6 and up on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. $245/members, $305/non-members. Call 201-666-3310 ext. 5810 or visit yjcc.org. Oct. 8, 15, 22 LYNDHURST Autumn Watercolor Series at the Meadowlands Environmental Center, Three DeKorte Park Plaza on Tuesdays from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. This is designed for adult beginners or new users to watercolor. $60/person, $40/MEC members. Call 201-460-8300 or visit njmeadowlands.gov. Nov. 16 - 23 HACKENSACK American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses held at the YMCA of Greater Bergen County Nov. 16, 23 from 10 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 10 – 5 p.m. Pretest $10, $350 non-refundable course fee after pretest approval. Visit ymcagbc.org. Dec. 2 - 19 HACKENSACK American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses held at the YMCA of Greater Bergen County Monday – Thursday, times to be announced. Pretest $10, $350 non-refundable course fee after pretest approval. Pretest Nov. 5 from 7 – 8 p.m. Visit ymcagbc.org. LECTURES AND INFORMATION Oct. 20 PARAMUS Household Hazardous Waste Collections 2013 at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd. from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Check allowable items at bcua.org or call 201-807-5825. Oct. 26 PARAMUS Veterans Benefit Outreach Program presented by Bergen County American Legion with manager of the VA Outreach Program at Paramus Veterans Home, (all-purpose room) 1 Veterans Drive, 1 – 3 p.m. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Event open to all veterans and their families. Nov. 2 MAHWAH Household Hazardous Waste Collections 2013 at Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd. from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Check allowable items at bcua.org or call 201-807-5825. Nov. 2 PARAMUS Diabetes Awareness and Screening Event presented by the Paramus Board of Health and The Valley Hospital at Luckow Pavilion at One Valley Health Plaza in Paramus at 9 a.m. No appointment needed. Free lectures at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Additional screenings available through Oct. 30. Appointments needed, call 201-2916467. ORGANIZATIONS Tuesdays MAYWOOD The Garden State Ski Club meets at the Maywood Inn, 122 W. Pleasant Ave. at 8:30 p.m. Discounted lift tickets and access to a GSSC ski house in Vermont. Year-round activities including tennis, golf, biking, hiking and social events. Visit gardenstateskiclub.com for information and a list of the activities. Mondays RUTHERFORD Toastmasters (first, third, fifth Mondays) build confidence by overcoming your fear of public speaking at Park Avenue Toastmasters, Blimpie Subs and Salads, 62 Park Ave., at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome and attend free. Call 201-247-0556. Wednesdays BERGENFIELD The Widow & Widowers Club of Northern Valley invites singles for dancing, refreshments and live music at the VFW Hall, 321 S. Washington Ave., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Also for fifth Wednesday if applicable. All other Wednesdays for widowed only. Newcomers are welcome. Call 973772-9078. 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. Call 201-843-9683 or visit alpost170.us. MAYWOOD Electronic Bingo in addition to paper bingo and pull tabs for instant wins at Our Lady Queen Of Peace, 400 Maywood Ave. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Breaks for smokers. Coffee, soda, food and snacks are sold. 201-845-9566. First Wednesday RIDGEWOOD North Jersey Depression Glass Club held at a new location, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, at 7 p.m. Call 973-838-2419. Oct. 6 ENGLEWOOD J-ADD Walk held at 9 a.m. Rain or shine at the Englewood Boat Basin. Call 201-457-0058 ext. 13. Oct. 8 GLEN RIDGE The 28th Annual Felician College Golf Classic held at Glen Ridge Country Club. To register call 201-355-1439. Or visit alumni.felician.edu/golfclassic. Oct. 9 MAYWOOD Town-Wide Garage Sale sponsored by the Borough of Maywood from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Residents interested in participating must register by Oct. 14 at 15 Park Ave., 3rd. Floor, 9 – 6 p.m. $5/ fee to participate. Call 201-845-2900 ext. 208 or e-mail maywoodrecycles@ yahoo.com. Oct. 11 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 10th Annual Gala presented by the Visiting Homemaker Home Health Aide Service at Seasons from 6 – 9 p.m. $130. Call 201-488-0041 ext. 10 or visit vhsbc.com. Oct. 17 HAWTHORNE Eighteenth Annual Dream Awards Gala presented by the Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation at Macaluso’s, 161 Rea Ave., at 6 p.m. For tickets e-mail Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org. nj.us or Sharon at email@example.com or JoAnne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 17 RIVER VALE 75th Anniversary Gala presented by the Hackensack Troast Athletic Club at The Estate at Florentine Gardens. $75. Visit troastclub.org. Oct. 17 – 20 ENGLEWOOD Book Sale presented by the Friends of the Englewood Library at Renaissance Office Center, 15 Engle St. Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 18 – 20, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. More than 50,000 gently used books and other media. Call 201568-2215 or e-mail librarybooksale@ hotmail.com. Oct. 19 MAYWOOD Oktoberfest presented by St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. Adults/$13, $6/children 10 and under. Advance tickets required. Call 201-843-5360 or e-mail email@example.com. Oct. 19 LODI Casino Night “Double Down for Kids” presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack at 460 Passaic Ave., Lodi at 7 p.m. Cost is $60, Buy 5 and get 6th free. Includes: beer/wine/soda/ food and $25 casino chips. 973-4737410 ext. 113 or visit bgcoflodi.org. Oct. 20 JERSEY CITY Walk for Wishes hosted by Make-AWish, 5K run at Liberty State Park at 10 a.m. Walk at 10:05 a.m. Registration at 8:30 a.m. near CRRNJ Terminal. Pre-registration $25 at www.nj.wish. org by Oct. 15 includes T-shirt. Walkers 5 – 17 year of age/$10. 4 and under/ no charge. Each walker is encouraged to raise $100. Pre-run/walk breakfast and refreshments provided. DJ music, children’s activities and more. Donations may be made to Dr. David Bikoff, 146 Rt. 17 North, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Oct. 27 ENGLEWOOD Golden Anniversary Founders Day honoring Dr. Jaycee Baynes presented by the Teaneck-Englewood and Vicinity Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women at Galilee United Methodist Church, 325 Genesee Ave. Call 201567-0009. Oct. 27 MAYWOOD Halfway to St. Pat’s Party presented by the Maywood Sons of the American Legion at 135 East Passaic St. from 5 – 9 p.m. Featuring corned beef and cabbage, tap beer and soda. Cash bar also available. $20. Call 201-845-8226. Nov. 21 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Paramus High School Hall of Fame dinner at Seasons, 644 Pascack Rd. at 6:30 p.m. Student-athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Call 201-262-1818 or visit paramus.k12. nj.us or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov. 26 MAHWAH 48th Sports Award Banquet presented by the YMCA of Greater Bergen County at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel with reception at 6 p.m. and awards dinner at 7 p.m. $95. Sponsor packages available. Tribute journal ads available. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 206 or visit ymcagbc.org. RECREATION AND CAMPS Tuesdays MAYWOOD Mah Jongg for new or experienced players offered by Maywood Recreation Center on Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m. Call 201-845-2900 ext. Tuesdays HACKENSACK Teen Leaders Club presented by the YMCA Greater Bergen County, 360 Main Street for teens grades 8 – 12. Includes hands-on leadership experience with volunteering, community events, special trips and local events and fun. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 205 or visit ymcagbc.org. Oct. 11 – Nov. 8 HACKENSACK Ice House After-School Skating Lessons on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 8 from 4 – 5 p.m. Includes a half-our lesson, practice time, admission and skate rental. Register at Ice House by Oct. 7. Call 201-487-8444 ext. 210. Dec. 26 – Dec. 31 8 HACKENSACK Ice House Holiday Skate Camp presented by Ice House on Dec. 26, 27, 30, 31. Includes lesson, practice time, admission and skate rental, games, sleigh and chair rides, ice painting, relay races, laser lights and more. $125. 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. for grades K – 8. Call 201-487-8444 ext. 210. SCHOOLS HACKENSACK YMCA Happy Day Childcare Center has fall openings for ages 2.5 – 5 from Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. $725/month. Weekly swim lessons for ages 3 – 5 in the program. Call 201487-6600 ext. 211 or visit ymcagbc.org. YMCA After School Program includes homework assistance, enrichment programs and fun for grades K – 6. Program meets after school from 2:50 – 6 p.m. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 211 or visit ymcagbc.org. Oct. 16 PARAMUS Paramus Catholic Open House at 429 Paramus Rd. from 7 – 9 p.m. For prospective students and their parents. Call 201-445-4466 ext. 104. Nov. 12 HACKENSACK College Career Night sponsored by the Hackensack High School Guidance Department in the main gym from 7 – 8:30 p.m. More than 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and military recruiters on site. Call 201646-7900. 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. For membership information, call 201-843-1061. For trip information call 201-843-1061. Second Thursday PARAMUS Paramus AARP Chapter 3834 has opened its membership to new members. The Paramus area covers 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 No. 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. 201-4409032. Second Friday HACKENSACK AARP Chapter 418 Meeting at 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 email@example.com. Oct. HACKENSACK Senior Source at Shops at Riverside October events Mar Jongg Thursdays at 11 a.m. All other events held at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Oct. 10, film, “Modern Times” at 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Current Events with Bob. Oct. 14, Let Your Yoga Dance with Sheryl. Oct. 15, Pot Luck Luncheon at 12 p.m. Oct. 16, Bingo. Oct. 17, Knitting Club. Oct. 18, Creative Writing, Bring pen and pad. Oct. 21, Who is Making Your Life Miserable? with Patty Kearns. Oct. 22, Sexual Talk with Your Doctor. Oct. 23, Generate Additional Income in Retirement. Oct. 24, film, “In the Heat of the Night.” Oct. 25, Scams and Seniors. Oct. 28, Does it Hurt When You Walk? with Holy Name. Oct. 29, Medicare Advantage. Oct. 30, Pain Relief. Oct. 31, Blood Pressure Screening. Call 201-342-0962 or visit seniorsourcellc.com. Oct. 23 HACKENSACK Seasonal Flu Clinics for County Seniors presented by the County of Bergen and County Executive Kathleen Donovan from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Americas Unidas Multicultural Center, 101 Hudson Street. Visit bergenhealth.org or call 201-634-2648. SPECIAL EVENTS Fridays SOUTH HACKENSACK Wine Tasting presented by Wine and Liquor Depot, 310 Huyler St., from 4 – 7 p.m. Call 201-343-1513. MAYWOOD Maywood Station Sunday Museum Open House noon – 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. – noon, “Santa visits the Maywood Station Museum.” Visit maywoodstation.com. 201-4876600 ext. 220 or visit ymcagbc.org. Oct. 12 PARAMUS Art in the Park presented by Bergen County held in Van Saun Park in Lot 4 from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Artists needed. To register as a exhibitor for 2-D art only call 201-336-7292. This is a juried show for acrylics, oils, drawings, prints, pastels, mixed media, watercolors and photography. Monetary prizes. A special performance of the Loren Daniels Quartet will take place from 12:30 – 3 p.m. Oct. 19 HACKENSACK Hackensack High School Class of 1983 Reunion held at Bel Posto, 160 Prospect Ave..7 p.m. - midnight. Buffet dinner and open bar, DJ and dancing. $75. Limited space. Reserve your ticket early. Send check to HHS 1983, C/O Continental Real Estate, 3 Elm Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601. Att. Grace Salmins. Oct. 20 PARAMUS 35th Annual Terri Roemer Paramus Run raising money for scholarships to graduating Paramus High School seniors. For information call 551-804839 or visit paramusrun.com. TOWN NEWS MAYWOOD Annual Schedule of Meetings for 2013 Work sessions held the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. 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. Oct. 22. Nov. 26. Dec. 17. Meetings and work sessions are held in the council chambers, 2nd floor, 15 Park Ave. Call 201-845-2900. MAYWOOD 2013 Insurance Safety Committee meeting, Dec. 18 at the John Steuert Jr. Municipal Complex, 15 Park Ave., third floor at 9 a.m. Call 201-8452900. HACKENSACK City of Hackensack 2013 Meeting Schedule Committee of the Whole Meetings: at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted, 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. Oct. 22, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. All meetings are held at 65 Central Ave., Third Floor, Council Chambers. TRIPS Oct. 12 ATLANTIC CITY Atlantic City excursion presented by the Teaneck-Englewood and Vicinity Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women with bus leaving from Ward Plaza (Teaneck Armory) at 9 a.m. $35/ person with $20 rebate from Showboat Casino. Call 201-833-0226. Oct. 29 ATLANTIC CITY Day at Caesar’s Palace Casino presented by Maywood Recreation Department departing at the Maywood Pool at 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20 fee includes $30/slot play and $5/buffet lunch. Suggested tip $1 for bus driver. Make checks payable to Borough of Maywood. Call 201-845-2900 ext. 208. Dec. 11 – 13 LANCASTER PA Holiday Entertainment Extravaganza presented by Senior Citizens of Maywood with “Miracle of Christmas” at Millennium Theatre and 2013 Christmas Show at American Music Theatre. Three days, two nights. $370/double occupancy and $459/ single. Call 201-843-1061. WORSHIP Oct. 13, 20, 27 HACKENSACK Church School Rally at Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 120 Atlantic St. at 9:30 a.m. The purpose is “The Growth of the Church School,” with games activities and refreshments. All ages welcome. Call 973-819-9450. Oct. 18 TEANECK Community Service of Healing presented by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 61 Church St., at 7:30 p.m. A light supper will be served at 6:15 p.m. This service is in commemoration of St. Luke, who was believed to have been a physician. Call 201-837-3189 or visit stpaulsteaneck.com. Oct. 19 MAYWOOD Lunch & Learn at noon at Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel, 34 West Magnolia Ave. First in a series of interactive seminars on stories that flesh out Bible’s characters and events, known as ‘midrashim.” All welcome. Call 201-845-7550, ext. 1 for information.
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Letters to the Editor Understand the Black Male Mindset
My name is Dock Russell Jr. I am the Democratic County Committee representative for District 3-3 in Hackensack. My district covers the area from Central Avenue to Berry Street and Second Street to Railroad Avenue. Recent events have caused me to rethink my involvement in city, county and state government and to focus on people. As I see it, we as blacks are at a loss for real legal action working on our behalf when we have issues. I hope to help create a forum that starts with our black males and then moves to our other local issues. I encourage all individuals to seek to understand the black male mindset and plight before it is too late. Over the course of my educational journey, I have read countless stories about violence against black males, but the stories that disturbed my mind the most were the ones about Christopher Dorner and Aaron Alexis. As I reflect on my personal experience of growing up, I am disheartened by the fact that violence has and continues to be a constant factor in how most black males experience life. Thoughts of being insignificant are so deeply-rooted in our minds that it invades the very fabric of our souls. Throughout history, black males have lived with the disturbing assumption that their lives are insignificant and dispensable. To understand this mindset, I am asking concerned people in Hackensack to join me in a meeting to create a forum Please contact me with your feedback, help and participation at 551-574-0181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Dock Russell Jr. Hackensack
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Chamber Hosts Membership Breakfast
The Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its general membership breakfast on Oct. 16, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Hackensack. The guest speaker will be Dave Farrow, publicity guru and two-time Guinness Work Book Record Holder for greatest memory, who will discuss how to integrate publicity marketing into your business. Farrow has been featured on CNN, “The Today Show,” Fox News and more. All guests are welcome to enjoy a buffet breakfast. The event is no cost to members, $25 for non-members (cost will be deducted from membership fee if you join that day). RSVP to the chamber office by Oct. 9 or visit http://www.hackensackchamber.org.
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Veterans Tour Intrepid
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The Veterans of Faith Ministry at Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Hackensack visited the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex at Pier 86 in Manhattan on Sept. 28. The outing was in preparation for the group’s annual Veterans’ Day program, Sunday, Nov. 10.
Bill O’Shea’s Celebrates Good Neighbor Day
On Sept. 12, Bill O’Shea’s Florist & Gifts hosted its annual Good Neighbor Day to promote giving back and spreading smiles. This year, Bill O’Shea’s collected 85 bags of non-perishable food and sundries to donate to the Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry and gave away 125 free bunches of roses.
Varick Celebrating 150 Years
Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the oldest predominantly African-American church in Hackensack and the second oldest in Bergen County, is beginning its “Journey of Faith Countdown” in celebration of its 150th Anniversary by hosting an array of events October 2013 through October 2014. The events kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with a three-day spiritually empowering revival which continues until Friday, Oct. 25. The featured speakers include the Rev. Eli Smith of Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church, Staten Island; the Rev. Cedric McKoy of Beulah Grove Baptist Church, Newark; and the Rev. Maurice Daniels of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church, Somerville. Saturday, Oct. 26 has been designated as Youth Day with two sessions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 3 to 11 and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those 12 to 18. The morning session will consist of breakfast, fun games and history; the afternoon session, lunch, history, gospel karaoke and Christian open mic. The events on Sunday, Oct. 27 begin with 9:30 a.m. Church School for all children and adults followed by devotion and praise before the spiritual and a motivating 11 a.m. morning worship service led by the Rev. Melanie Miller, Varick’s first female pastor. The afternoon will belong to Walter Fields, a Hackensack native who has attended Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church since birth. All events are open to the public For more information, visit www.vmamez.org.
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ROBERT MURPHY, of Bergenfield, formerly of Teaneck, passed away peacefully on Sept. 15 at his home with his loving wife, Suzanne, at his side. Prior to retiring in 2000, he was a firefighter for the City of Hackensack for 25 years where he served as past president of IAFF No. 2081. He was a highly decorated combat Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Bob was also a ground zero volunteer and a volunteer for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was a long member and two-time president of the Bergen Bassmasters. He was especially proud of the annual bass fishing tournament that he established and named “The USO Open Fishing Tournament.” He also ran an annual four-day event at Rockland Community College, the World Fishing Expedition, and donated proceeds to the USO. He was presented the 2012 National USO Volunteer of the Year Award. He also assisted servicing National Guard troops working non-stop on Hurricane Sandy relief. Beloved husband for 33 years of Suzanne (née Jospey). Devoted father of Sean Murphy of Farmingdale, Justin Murphy of Bergenfield, and Lynn Fallat and her husband Peter of Whitehouse Station. Cherished grandfather of Aidan, Amy and David. Devoted son of William Murphy and the late Constance (née Cormier). Dearest brother of Kathy Kadlac and her husband Donald of Chattanooga, Tenn. LOUIS ROBATTINO, of Oakland, formerly of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Sept. 16 at the age of 83. Prior to retiring, he owned Andy and Lou’s Esso Station in Hackensack. He was a parishioner of St. Francis R. C. Church of Hackensack where he served in the Usher’s Society. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Beloved husband of the late
Irene (née Beasty).Devoted father of MarieLouise Forkin and her husband Ronald of Hightstown, Luanne Arenz and her husband Martin of Wyckoff and Peter Louis Robattino and his wife Brenda of Oakland. Cherished grandfather of Thomas Forkin, James Forkin, Lauren Arenz and Nicholas Robattino. Dearest brother of the late Margaret Schnaars. FRANCES ANN ZISA, a lifelong resident of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Sept. 17 at the age of 64. Prior to retiring, Frances was a master teacher at Jackson Avenue School in Hackensack for more than three decades. She was a caring person and touched the lives of many students in the Hackensack public schools. She was involved with the schools’ theatrical productions during her early years of teaching and will be missed. Beloved daughter of the late Anthony and Angelina Zisa. Dearest sister of Anthony Zisa and his wife Gail of Hackensack. Loving aunt of Michael Zisa and Joseph Zisa, both of Hackensack, and Diane Bose and her husband Curt of Lafayette. Cherished great-aunt of Zachary. She also leaves behind many friends, caring neighbors, and her best friend and companion, her loving dog Sara. KATHRYN FALATOVICH THURCHAK, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Sept. 19 at the age of 92. Prior to retiring, she worked for the City of Hackensack as a meter maid and traffic guard. She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Trinity Leisure Club both of Hackensack. Beloved wife of the late Michael Thurchak. Devoted mother of Michael Thurchak and his wife Susan of Ocala, Fla., Maryann Singer and her husband Wayne of Middletown, N.Y., Susan Wood and her husband Thomas of Hackensack, Monica Stewart of West
Milford, and James Thurchak and his wife Anna May of Waldwick. Loving grandmother of Gregory, Wayne, Michelle, Sandra, Jeffrey, Brianne, Alexandra, Luke, Jessica and the late Craig and Deborah. Cherished greatgrandmother of Jackie, Nicholas, Robert, Craig, Christopher, Brandon, Shelby, Justin, and the late Thomas. Dearest sister of Dorothy Stancavage of Fullertown, Pa., and eight brothers and sisters who predeceased her. JANICE D’ELIA, 66, of Hasbrouck Heights, passed away on Sept. 22. Devoted daughter of William and Angela. Dearest sister of William and Catherine D’Elia of Wildwood Crest. Loving Aunt of Daniel, Matthew, and MaryEllen, all of Ringwood. MARY LANNIGAN, 78, of Hasbrouck Heights, passed away on Sept. 23. Devoted daughter of Felix and Vera Lannigan. Loving companion of Liborio LeConte. Dearest mother of Dorianne Panich and her husband Jaime, and William Lannigan and his wife Kathy. GRACE AQUALINA, a lifelong resident of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26 at the age of 70. Prior to retiring in 2001, Grace was a beloved elementary and middle school teacher in the Hackensack school system for 37 years. She was a published author of memoirs and short stories, an accomplished artist and had an adventurous spirit. She was a graduate of Ladycliff College of Highland Falls, N.Y., where she received her Bachelors degree and Columbia University in New York City where she received her Masters degree. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R. C. Church of Hackensack and served as a Eucharistic Minister at Hackensack University Medical Center. Beloved daughter of the late James and Betty Aqualina. Dearest sister of Marie Consalvo and her husband
Joseph of Woodcliff Lake. Loving aunt of Christine Klecanda and her husband Robert of Woodcliff Lake, Philip Consalvo and his partner William Easterling of New York, and Elizabeth Hoogendoorn and her husband Gerard of River Vale. Cherished great-aunt of Alyssa, Joris, Robert and Kathryn. Grace is also survived by many loving friends. ANTHONY GILIO, of Paramus, passed away peacefully on Sept. 30 at the age of 87. He lived in Paramus for 37 years after being born and raised in Hackensack. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 1631 Engineer and Construction Brigade as a technical sergeant in Okinawa. Upon his return from the Army, he attended the Juilliard School of Music, majoring in the clarinet, graduating with a Master’s degree. He played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Symphony and then went on to become the music director for more than 30 years in the Hackensack school system. After retiring, he obtained his real estate license. He was married to Martha Schweiderek Gilio, the love of his life for 61 years until her passing in 2012. He was the proud father of Dominique Gilio-Chaffin and her husband Bobby of Paramus and Anthony Gilio and his wife Virginia of Lodi. Loving grandfather of Martamarie Gilio, Maria Chaffin and the late Anthony Gilio III. Dearest brother of Fay Regan of Hackensack and the late Ida Campagna and Joseph Gilio. Adored uncle of 11 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews. He was past president of Local 248 American Federation of Musicians of Paterson. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Visitation Church in Paramus and was a member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Trinity Council 747 of Hackensack.
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Queen of Peace Launches International Studies Program
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Margaret Farrell, director, English Language Learning; senior Justin Esteves; Ambassador Azmat Hassan, professor emeritus at Seton Hall School of Diplomacy; Principal John Bellocchio; John Bratowicz, social studies teacher; and seniors Andrea Gaviria and Jonathan Trinidad. Queen of Peace High School of North Arlington launched a new Center for International Studies program on Sept. 18 in partnership with Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Students were given an overview of the program at an assembly presented by Principal John Bellocchio, Margaret Farrell, Director of English Language Learning, and Ambassador Azmat Hassan, professor emeritus at Seton Hall School of Diplomacy. “The objective of the new program is to provide our students with a solid backdrop of the global and international realities of today’s world, paying particular emphasis on geopolitics, international economics, human rights and United Nations studies,” said Bellocchio. The certificate program is comprised of six courses taken at QPHS, along with a significant service component with an international focus. Students will attend seminars on global studies at Seton Hall, both during and after normal QPHS hours, and participate in Model UN Conferences. In their senior year, participating students are required to produce a capstone project that discusses their practical and theoretical background in geopolitics. The six courses required for the certificate are Western Civilization, Area Studies, U.S. History I and II, Contemporary Issues and Religion 4: Social Justice and World Religions. The international service requirement may be fulfilled by participating in the “From Houses to Homes” project in Guatemala, a program in part supported by the Order of Malta which builds homes for the poor during a five-day period in August. The trip is organized and supervised by Queen of Peace Parish. Graduating QPHS students, who have successfully completed the certificate program and meet requisite SAT/GPA requirements, may apply and be admitted to the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Students who meet university requirements, including being in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, will also be eligible for in-state tuition at Seton Hall University. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our students to learn about the world around them while preparing for the world that awaits them,” said Bellocchio.
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Back in the day before big box retailers, neighborhood businesses flourished because they supported their own. Shoppers entered an establishment and were greeted by name. The customer found what he wanted and felt good about the experience. The family of G & S Hardware & Supply has brought that mom-n-pop feel back to the customer. Located at 251 Hudson St., on the corner of Frederick Street, in Hackensack, the shop’s warm and friendly staff has been providing that old school charm since the business was taken over by Bergen County natives Richard Grabusnik and his brother-in-law partner, Jim Sandham, over a year ago. On any given day, family members along with five other experienced employees are on hand to help customers. Branded by True Value and Benjamin Moore - which means there are no cheap knockoffs on the shelves - G & S offers clients the comfort and satisfaction of avoiding the big box stores with their long lines, bad customer service and faulty equipment. Unlike larger stores where it’s near impossible to find an employee, G & S staffers can walk clients through any project- beginning to end. Employees ask questions to get the right item and solution to a problem for a successful outcome. Grabusnik alone has more than 30 years of experience, having served 27 of those at the former B & S Supply. He brings an incredible amount of construction experience to the business, and, on any given day, the hardware guru can be found assisting customers with their do-it-yourself projects ranging from a fixing a leaky toilet to installing sheetrock. “We’re more than just a basic hardware store,” said Grabusnik. “We’re here to do fair business.” “Success breeds success,” added Sandham. The 5,000-square foot building - which includes 3,500 square feet of retail space and a small warehouse - has a 100-year history including its previous incarnation as B & S Supply, conducted business for 56 years. Remodeled following Hurricane
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Girl, 11, Sexually Abused A Hackensack man was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. On Sept. 16, members of the county’s Special Victims Unit and the Teaneck Police Department arrested Quashawn Nowlin, 19, of Lehigh Street, after learning that he had allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with an 11-yearold female acquaintance. The victim told her sister who then told the victim’s mother. It is alleged that Nowlin sexually assaulted the victim on at least four occasions at the victim’s home. PSE&G Copper Stolen At approximately 2:24 a.m. on Sept. 13, Maywood Police Officer Matt Parodi spotted a suspicious vehicle that was parked with its engine running at the dead end of West Hunter Avenue. A short time later, Parodi saw the car pull out of West Hunter Avenue with two men inside. Parodi stopped the vehicle and noticed a large amount of copper wire inside and realized that the dead end of West Hunter Avenue is very close to the back of the PSE&G substation located on West Central Avenue. The men, Patrick Hayes, 25, and Robert Santos, 24, both of Saddle Brook, were arrested and charged with burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief. A representative from PSE&G estimated the value of the copper at $8,000. Girl, 14, Reports Rape A 43-year-old Hackensack man has been arrested by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly having sexual relations with a 14-yearold girl, officials said. On Oct. 2, members of the county’s Special Victims Unit arrested Omar AguirreCascante, of West Lookout Avenue, after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with the young female acquaintance. The victim’s mother learned of the incidents and spoke with a counselor who contacted the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The victim told police that the incidents occurred on numerous occasions when she was between the ages of 11 and 13 and took place mostly at the home of a relative in Hackensack. Aguirre-Cascante was charged with aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated criminal sexual contact. Judge Edward Jerejian set bail at $200,000 with no 10 percent option, no contact with the victim and the surrender of his passport. He remains at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.
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Make-A-Wish Plans 5K Walk/Run
On Oct. 20, Make-A-Wish New Jersey is hosting Walkfor-Wishes at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The annual event that raises funds to support the granting of wishes for children in New Jersey with life-threatening illnesses. Team Giulianna is a local team from Hackensack who will be participating in the event to benefit 7-year-old Giulianna Moore, who was born with severe cerebral palsy. Last year, Make-A-Wish made it possible for Giulianna and her family to enjoy a trip to Disney World. Giulianna is the granddaughter of Dr. David Bikoff and Pasqualina Bikoff who reside in Hackensack. Dr. Bikoff is a police surgeon who has worked throughout Bergen County for many years specializing in plastic surgery. Walk-for-Wishes will be held rain or shine, with refreshments, DJ music and children’s activities offered throughout the event. Registration will take place at Liberty State Park, 76 Audrey Zapp Dr., beginning at 9 a.m. The 5K run starts at 10 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:05 a.m. Registration fee for the run is $25. For more information, to make a donation or register for the event, visit www.walkforwishesnj.org.
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Hackensack Sales 161 Berdan Place Listed at $180,000. Sold in 19 days at $172,500 on Sept. 9 106 Union St. Listed at $229,900. Sold in 244 days at $210,000 on Sept. 5. 75 Rowland Ave. Listed at $285,000. Sold in 110 days at $280,000 on Sept. 19. 191 Kent St. Listed at $299,000. Sold in 31 days at $294,000 on Sept. 13. 521 W. Lookout Ave. Listed at $349,000. Sold in 42 days at $349,000 on Sept. 16. 370 Simons Ave. Listed at $525,000. Sold in 28 days at $480,000 on Sept. 20. 198 Central Ave. Listed at $130,000. Sold in 621 days at $135,000 on Sept. 19. 72 Essex St. Listed at $339,000. Sold in 193 days at $320,000 on Sept. 19. 280 Prospect Ave., Unit 4F. Listed at $69,900. Sold in 20 days at $66,000 on Oct. 2. Maywood Sales 54 East Fairmount Ave. Listed at $250,000. Sold in 36 days at $240,000 on Sept. 27. 69 Lenox Ave. Listed at $299,000. Sold in nine days at $305,000. 473 Davison St. Listed at $330,000. Sold in 12 days at $315,000. 800 Maywood Ave. Listed at $329,900. Sold in 38 days at $319,000. 146 E. Central Ave. Listed at $319,000. Sold in 57 days at $319,000. 147 Parkway Listed at $365,000. Sold in 149 days at $340,000. 136 Romain Ave. Listed at $379,000. Sold in 41 days at $365,000. Rochelle Park Sales 88 Berdan St. Listed at $225,000. Sold in 176 days at $215,000 on Sept. 27. 72 Lincoln Ave. Listed at $255,000. Sold in 20 days at $250,000 on Sept. 20. 78 W. Oldis St. Listed at $279,900. Sold in 95 days at $262,500 on Sept. 27. 44 South Dr. Listed at $339,000. Sold in 13 days at $340,000 on Sept. 5. South Hackensack Sales 471 Taylor Ave. Listed at $325,000. Sold in 264 days at $300,000 on Sept. 23.
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Law Permits Conditional Dismissal of Minor Municipal Court Offenses
Gov. Chris Christie signed long-awaited legislation that establishes a diversionary program for minor offenders in municipal court. The law will allow conditional dismissal of disorderly persons or petty disorderly person offenses for eligible defendants in limited circumstances --- similar to Pretrial
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