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BY mIcHAel cOHen A dynamic partnership between a hospital, a gym and the New York Giants was introduced to the public during a spectacular health and wellness fair at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Oct. 19. The new HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants, a state-of-theart fitness and medical center, is scheduled to open on Jan. 1, 2014 at 87 Route 17 North in Maywood, the former home of Velocity 17.
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BY mIcHAel cOHen Karen Lewis, the Middlesex County educator who was recently selected as the Hackensack public school district’s new superintendent, attended the Oct. 8 school board meeting where she met leaders from the sending districts of South Hackensack, Rochelle Park and Maywood. Lewis, currently the assistant superintendent at Highland Park, was selected for Hackensack’s top post back in September and is expected to take over next month. She said she attended the joint school boards meeting at Hackensack High School to show her support for her new students. “I think education has many challenges with the mandates from the state, so I think with the world changing we have to keep the educational program focused on what the world needs,” Lewis said. Lewis will replace Interim Superintendent Joseph Abate, who has overseen plenty of positive changes during his two-year tenure. These include the stepping up of security measures at all schools. In what has become a tradition at joint meetings among the districts, Hackensack
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Welfare Office May Shut
BY JOY BelgIOvIne The Hackensack City Council is exploring the idea of closing its welfare office and transferring the current cases to the county level. The shift would result in the loss of four jobs and potentially save Hackensack approximately $400,000 in salaries, benefits and related expenses. However, Agatha Toomey, director of the city’s Human Services Department, said what the city stands to lose is worth much more than that. “You can’t make all of the social services we handle disappear from Hackensack, entirely,” said Toomey, who has spent 38 years in the department and has been serving as director since 1985. “We are on call 24/7, accessible via phone, e-mail or office walk-ins. We have been essential in assisting the elderly and with providing relocation and food pantry services.” Toomey also addressed the amount of cases Hackensack is given because it is home to the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center. “Many of our clients come from other towns, but end up at the BCHHHS. Typically, they want to remain in Hackensack, and we have the housing for them, so they become part of our caseload,” she said. “If services are taken out of the city, this will have a definite impact on our police, building and health departments.” Although she may be unemployed soon, Toomey said she was planning on retiring shortly any way. What bothers her most, however, is the way the matter is being handled. Neither she, nor the Local Assistance Board, was part of the information gathering that went into the decision to transfer services to the county. Toomey said she first officially heard about the city council’s decision to look into closing the city’s welfare when it was discussed at the council meeting on Sept. 30. City officials had already met with the Bergen County Board of Social Services in Rochelle Park about the possibly of transferring the city’s general assistance cases. “Why were the statistics of the Human Services Department acquired through other sources and not through me, at least to verify their validity and correctness?” Toomey asked in a report she provided the council at its Oct. 8 meeting. “The fact that the discussions between the city and the county were held in secrecy, informally and behind closed doors, is indicative that this decision would not be made in the best interest of the city and its residents.” In September 2013, there were 90 open cases; 39 new applications accepted; six approvals; 16 denials; and 17 pending cases in Hackensack. Alex Morales, interim management consultant for the BCBSS, said that the Hackensack cases would not have a significant impact on the workload already being handled at the county level. He explained that if the services were transferred to the county, clients would no longer have to go from place to place for what they need. Most of Hackensack’s clients already go to the Rochelle Park office for assistance with food stamps and Medicaid. This service would be at no cost to Hackensack. “It would enable families to go to one place for all of their services,” he said. According to Hackensack City Manager Stephen Lo Iacono, there is no official date for shutting down the Human Services office, but council has asked him to begin the process of exploring the civil service procedures required for closing the office. “We shouldn’t lose all control of these services. It doesn’t do our residents justice,” Toomey said. “Did they even explore sharing these services with a neighboring town instead of handing them over to the county, which is already overburdened? I don’t see how our clients would get equal or better service from there.” Dawn Chaplain, senior welfare investigator in the Hackensack Human Service Department, said her clients benefit from the personal attention the Department offers and in having one group handle their cases from start to finish. “At the county level, you can have five different people working on one case, handling different aspects and certain details may fall through the cracks,” Toomey added. Hackensack is one of the 12 municipalities in Bergen County with its own local welfare office. The others are Edgewater, Fairview, Fort Lee, Hillsdale, Montvale, Park Ridge, Ridgefield Park, Rutherford, Westwood, Woodcliff and Wood-Ridge. In addition to Toomey and Chaplain, the other two positions on the chopping block are a secretary and a welfare investigator.
showcased an innovative program that has not only piqued the interest of students, but has given them the tools to a better future. The Career Technical Education program includes courses in Web design, power/auto mechanics, carpentry, computer-aided design and welding. “We have to get our students to understand that they are not just competing with kids from other towns and states. They are competing in a global marketplace. Therefore, CTE courses are imperative,” Hackensack High School Principal James Montesano told the audience. CTE’s goal is to arm students with professional skills so they can make an easier transition to the workplace and a successful career. With high unemployment rates across the United States, the key to resolving the nation’s woes is to hire employees with industrial skills to succeed in certain businesses, Montesano said. In the past, Hackensack High School offered courses such as workshop and mechanics as electives for seniors. These courses are now a major part of the curriculum all four years. For example,
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freshmen take a daily period of a career program such as metal work/welding. By sophomore year, the students are taking two periods of career courses. At the joint meeting, students representing each of the CTE programs spoke to the audience about their projects. These included building a barn that was actually purchased to working on cars and designing the school’s Web sites, which are student-run. “I think they have represented themselves very well,” Abate said. “The purpose of these meetings is to showcase what Hackensack High School offers for students. I know that before I came, we highlighted the AP courses, and last year, the fine arts, and this year, the CTE program. It’s a comprehensive high school with a huge curriculum and something for everyone.” Lewis was impressed with the presentation. “I’m excited to see that Hackensack High School has invested in a quality program because so many high schools have abandoned them and Hackensack continues it, which is an asset to the district.”
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BY pAul Hummel Before a large audience gathered at the Oct. 22 Hackensack City Council meeting, school board members, parents and students complained about the absence of a school resource officer at Hackensack High School. The group demanded a speedy resolution as the school has been without an officer since the beginning of the school term in September. The lack of a resource officer is the result of a disagreement between the council and the Hackensack Board of Education over whose responsibility it is to pay the officer’s salary and benefits. The city contends that the board has failed to pay the $1 million owed in back salary and benefits since 2006. However, the board maintains that city officials had never sent the school district an invoice or any type of bill for the past seven years. Tensions ran high as some residents suspected that the large contingent of students at the meeting was the result of flyers distributed at the high school suggesting that the school was unsafe. In the words of resident Steven Gilroy, the students were being used as “political props.” Two Hackensack High School students, Ryan Cloughley and Alexandria Kowal, urged both parties to resolve the situation as soon as possible. While each one spoke, the other held up a poster which read, “Our safety isn’t about dollars and cents, it’s common sense.” Kowal put to rest the notion that she was somehow politically motivated. “I’m here by my own free will about the responsibility for the issues going on guarding the school and the safety of my peers. Safety, rather than money, should be your top priority.” The board has offered to pay 66 percent of the future bills, arguing that other school districts do not contribute at all for a resource officer. Both sides plan to meet in the near future to try to resolve the situation but the stumbling block may be the $1 million the council says the board owes the city. “Everybody’s in favor of a SRO. The question is, who pays for it?” said Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. “Millions of dollars for an SRO were never invoiced. It’s totally irresponsible,” citing neglect on the part of the previous administration. There was a little give and take between Labrosse and school board Trustee Frank Albolino, who asked why the school
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Hackensack Chamber President Anthony Ursillo with guest speaker Dave Farrow; Farrow with Wendy Richmond and Ursillo with outgoing president Donald Perlman. The Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Membership Breakfast on Oct. 16 at Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Shops at Riverside. “The General Membership Breakfast is held in order to provide information to businesses and creates an atmosphere where business leaders can make new contacts,” said Darlene Damstrom, executive director. The morning included the installation of the organization’s officers by Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. This year’s incoming president is Anthony Ursillo of Ursillo Realty. Joining him on the board are First Vice President Diane Some (represented at the breakfast by her son, Jason); Second Vice President Paul Ragusa; Recording Secretary Meryl Surgan; and Treasurer Larry Eisen. Damstrom will continue leading the club for another year. The outgoing president, Donald Perlman, was presented a plaque in appreciation of his service to the organization. Guests heard presentations by guest speakers including Wendy Richmond, a chamber member and chairwoman of the Marketing Committee, who spoke about memory and later quizzed the audience on what she had just said. Dave Farrow, who holds a Guinness World Record for memory, discussed recent changes in the advertising and marketing fields. He spoke about social media and Web sites as well as traditional marketing techniques. The breakfast was cosponsored by Hilton Hasbrouck Heights and Maggiano’s.
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can’t have an SRO immediately. Labrosse said that a resource officer needs to be trained and he wasn’t sure if there were any officers currently available on the force who are trained. Albolino said that Detective Luis Furcal was the resource officer last year at the high school and was still on the force. Police Director Michael Mordaga tried to allay some fears by reminding the public that while the school has not had an officer inside the building, outside police patrols have been beefed up since September. “Since the first day of school, there has been a police officer at the school,” he said. “Our officers are equipped to step in from the outside in the event they are needed.” The irony of the situation is that the Hackensack district was the first in New Jersey to have an SRO in 1982 and retired Detective Kenneth Martin, the longtime SRO, was nationally recognized. Martin attended the council meeting to urge both sides to be reasonable and come to a swift resolution of the problem. “I’m asking for the SRO to be put back in the school,” he said. “The inside of the school is more important than the outside.”
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Alison Michele Wolfer, a Paramus High School student, has been selected as a member of the 2013 National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensemble Mixed Choir. Alison will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. These students will prepare challenging music and perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the nation: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth and Rodney Whitaker. “With vocal strength and expertise matched by
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her strength of character, Alison is a music teacher’s dream. How thrilled I am for her to be a part of this fine event,” said Stevie Rawlings, choir director “Being selected to perform in the All-National Mixed Choir with students
from all over the United States is an experience of a lifetime, and I am honored to be sharing my voice with others who are just as passionate as I am about vocal art,” said Alison, an Alto 1.
Sorce Companies, a real estate development firm located at 414 Essex St., in Hackensack, is once again displaying a giant pumpkin outside its offices in celebration of Halloween. The 1,500-pound pumpkin hails from Ohio where it won an award at the Giant Pumpkin Festival.
High School Needs Improvement
Hackensack High School may have been named one of America’s best high schools by Newsweek, but it has also been deemed by the state Department of Education as a Focus School. This means that it has room for improvement in areas that are specific to the school. Other schools in Bergen County that were listed as Focus Schools are Midland School in Rochelle Park, School 6 in Cliffside Park, Elmwood Park Middle School, Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, George G. White Middle School in Hillsdale, Leonia Middle School, East Brook Middle School in Paramus, David E. Owens Middle School in New Milford and Saddle Brook High/Middle School. Focus Schools comprise about 10 percent of schools with the overall lowest subgroup performance; a graduation rate below 75 percent; and the widest gaps in achievement between different subgroups of students. Hackensack High School has a significant student achievement gap in both language arts and mathematics, according to the 2012 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). The gap exists between the general student population and two of its sub-populations; those students who are not proficient in the English language and those in special education. As part of the statewide
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At 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Hackensack Fire Department reported to a three-car motor vehicle accident on Route 80 West near Exit 64. The crash involved a NJ Transit bus and a van, which had overturned. One person was injured and transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, officials said. There was also a fuel spill on the roadway.
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Hackensack firefighters were called to a fire at a sixth floor apartment at 130 Overlook Ave. at 2:14 a.m. on Oct. 21. As they made their way up to the home, they detected the smell of smoke. Once inside the apartment, the men faced a heavy smoke condition. As firefighters began searching the home, they located an unconscious woman on the floor. The men quickly moved her onto the hallway and carried her down a flight of stairs to the fifth floor elevator. Once at the lobby, emergency medical technicians began first aid. In the meanwhile, firefighters contained the fire to the apartment’s mattress and had it under control within 15 minutes. The second alarm blaze brought in help from the Teaneck, Englewood, Ridgefield Park, Bogota and Bergenfield fire departments. The victim was transported to HackensackUMC for further evaluation, and the fire remains under investigation.
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At 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, Hackensack firefighters responded to an accident involving an overturned car on Route 80 West on the Hackensack River Bridge. Traffic was backed up for more than two miles on the highway as a fuel spill was cleaned up. The State Police is handling the accident investigation.
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Stefani Pedone of Hackensack with actor Tony Aiello and her sister, Virginia Hotte, attending a dinner to honor Stefani and Virginia’s father. The Ring 10 Veteran Boxing Foundation of New York recently honored the late Steve “Gink” Belloise and his brothers at an extravaganza at Marina Del Rey in the Bronx. Belloise, who passed away in 1984, is the father of Hackensack resident Stefani Pedone, who serves as a secretary for the New Jersey Boxing
Hall of Fame. Belloise fought in 111 professional bouts, winning 95 of them and racking up 59 knockouts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II in the Pacific and then served 34 years in the Reserves. After World War II, he won the European Middleweight Championship. During his professional career, Belloise fought such boxing greats as Sugar Ray Robinson. After retiring from boxing, Belloise kept active by teaching the sport to youngsters in hopes of keeping them off the streets and out of trouble. Belloise also enjoyed a movie career, appearing in “The Godfather,” “The Valachi Papers” and “Crazy Joe.” His largest role was in “Requiem for a Heavyweight.”
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Gary Reidy, founding partner of the Princetonbased Fitness & Wellness, said the Maywood gym will be a one-stop shop for those who want to remain healthy and fit. “We took the No. 1 hospital and No. 1 sports team and put it under one roof. If you are an athlete or if you are in
a wheelchair or our average member, you will not do it on your own,” he said. Reidy said that each person who walks into the new facility will be welcomed to six studios that will include 200 weekly classes such as yoga and Zumba, an eight-lane pool, sports training, a Kids in Motion program and elite personal training. The
facility will also employ more than 250 employees. He estimated that the average member will be 48 years old. “Most people are not fanatics. They won’t train on their own,” he said. “When you take the person and literary hold their hand through the process, and change the program, they will get the results and continue with the program.” The gym will also include 35,000 square feet of medical services run by HackensackUMC. At the stadium event, fitness center representatives offered the more than 1,300 guests a preview of coming attractions. There were group exercise classes, a dozen health screenings and information tables spread out across the MetLife field and just outside the entrance. Ac-
tivities included martial arts, Zumba, tug of war, battle ropes, kettle bells, sit-ups and push-ups and a kids’ zone with obstacle courses and races. There was even a Punt, Pass and Kick event in the end zone. Experts were also on hand to check bone density, cholesterol, diabetes risk, blood pressure and body fat. Sharon LaForge, who works as a fitness manager for Fitness & Wellness in Hamilton, one of the nine branch locations, manned the Functional
Movement Systems test area, which was located on the 20-yard line. Guests tested their balance on wooden beams and checked shoulder and knee mobility. Functional Movement Systems is a test that pro athletes, firefighters and police officers use to prevent further injury. It’s also beneficial for those who have had knee or shoulder surgery. “We do these exercises to test for tight muscles and joints,” she said. “If we see a functional problem, we diagnosis it and help
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people fix the problem.” Steven Baker, the former New York Giants wide receiver best known for his touchdown catch in Super Bowl XXV against the Buffalo Bills, was on hand to meet fans. “It’s very cool to always be remembered. It’s been 20-something years and people still remember me as The Touchdown Maker. It’s awesome,” said Baker. “With Hackensack Fitness &Wellness, this is a great day because we get the community involved in health and wellness. I’m 49, but I feel like I’m 32 because I keep healthy.” Baker, along with fellow Giants alumni including Bart Oates, Lee Rouson, Ottis Anderson, Billy Taylor and Curtis McGriff signed autographs and even took part in the Zumba class on the field. “The Giants had an interest in being involved with a wellness program in the community. We talked to them about five years ago. They already had the relationship with HackensackUMC, and the three of us got together about the center in Maywood,” said Bruce Traub, partner, Fitness & Wellness. To learn more about the center stop by the enrollment center located at 87 Route 17 North, Maywood – right after the Essex Street exit or call 201-843-4422.
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BY nOELLE fRIESON Main Street in Hackensack has been bustling with growth this past year. From restaurants to retailers, unique stores and eateries have opened their doors to local residents. Here’s a look at some of the newest members of the shopping district: Mari’s Market Mari’s Market, 331 Main St., is a Mediterranean grocery store right in the heart of Hackensack. The husband-and-wife team of Marie-Rose and Davit Arakelian moved their shop to Hackensack after running a similar market in River Edge for more than 13 years. “This past year has been amazing! Everyone has been warm and welcoming,” said Marie-Rose Arakelian. “Residents and people who work in the area have become our regulars and friends.” Mari’s Market customers travel from as far as South Jersey and Upstate New York to purchase the products representing the 21 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Lebanon to name a few. Mari’s Market sells delicacies such as Basturma and Sujuk, dried cured meats; medjool dates; whole grains such as bulgur; lahmajun, opened face meat pies; a wide selection of olives, Greek feta cheese and other cheeses from Bulgaria and France. The market offers a huge array of canned and jarred spreads, honeys, cookies, teas, dried fruits, pastries and the favorite - baklava. Tandori Dragon Tandori Chef (260 Main St.) has enjoyed a loyal following of Indian food lovers since 2006. In July, the same owners - Amit Bhaiya, Fathajeet and Bobby Singh - opened Tandori Dragon (258 Main St.) right next door. The Dragon specializes in Indo Chinese food – a spicy fusion of Indian and Chinese flavors without the addition of pork or beef. Cows are sacred India so beef is not an option and pork is rarely eaten. Entrees include Peking Gobi, crispy cauliflower tossed with shredded chilies and plum sauce. There are Chicken or Lamb Manchurian Dumplings cooked in an aromatic hot spicy sauce and Mongolian Shredded Lamb in chili sweet bean sauce. Kids Rule Parties Kids Rule Parties (157A Main St.) is a new indoor play center which offers the kids’ birthday parties, open play and a place to host a play date. Kids Rule offers several unique themes such as Disco Baby, Tumble & Ride and Meet the Character. Clients may also customize the more than 2,000 square feet of walls with any theme they desire. Kids Rule guests have their pick of interactive games such as human bumper balls, photo booths with unlimited pictures and custom DVDs for each guest, UVresponsive airbrushed tattoos only be visible at the event, Velcro dodge ball for up to 300 people and a giant silly string battles where all guests get sprayed. Legea Shop Legea Shop (168 Main St.) is one of the very few exclusive American distributors of the Italian sports clothing manufacturer Legea, the official wardrobe sponsor for many professional soccer teams around the world. Legea was founded in 1988 in Italy and remains one of most popular brands among Italian amateur soccer teams. Located next to Battleground, a specialty sneaker store, Legea Shop offers everything from soccer balls to jerseys to training gear to uniforms.
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The eighth annual Hackensack Street Festival, sponsored by the Upper Main Alliance, the City of Hackensack and Wells Fargo, was held on Oct. 5 on Main Street, between Atlantic and Passaic streets. Thousands spent the day enjoying a variety of foods, shopping and listening to live music. The day featured kids’ entertainment, free giveaways from various merchants and live demonstrations.
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The Teaneck Creek Conservancy hosted its fifth annual Sustainability and Environmental Excellence Award ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly. Honorees included Ronald Kistner, director, Bergen County Department of Parks; Don Torino, president, Bergen County Audubon Society; and Carl Hausman, eco-artist and volunteer. They were selected for their significant contributions to the vision of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Pictured: Don Torino, Ronald Kistner and Carl Hausman.
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Vikki Healey Properties Celebrates Five Years
“I never thought that real estate would become such an important part of my life, however, I’m thrilled I chose this path,” said Vikki Healey, broker-owner of Vikki Healey Properties, an individually owned real estate firm based in Maywood. Although Healey’s office is now celebrating its fifth year, she has been in real estate for almost 30 years. There are currently 12 agents on staff and Healey is now recruiting more fulltime professionals. “Our agents tend to come to us. We have been very lucky with respect to finding talent,” she explained. “We provide a high level of support to our agents – in terms of professional development and technological training. They know that the print and Internet marketing advertising that our office provides for its clients offers a great sales advantage for them and is the best in the industry.” Healey says it’s the supportive office culture and personalized service that sets her business apart from others. “We really do care about our clients,” she said. “Real estate is very personal, and we keep our clients’ best interest as our guiding light. We consider ourselves a boutique real estate firm, offering specialized and personal service at a level that is second to none. Building relationships is the best part of my job. As a realtor, I get to know my clients in a very real and personal way. They allow me into their lives and, in many instances, I see my clients and their families grow. It is a true privilege, and I am grateful for such an opportunity.” A member of the local chamber of commerce and supporter of local schools, civic and youth athletic teams, Healey is actively involved in the community. Most recently, Vikki Healey Properties sponsored the hay ride at the Maywood Fall Festival. When looking toward the future of the real estate market, Healey is very optimistic. “Right now, buyers are able to take their dreams off of hold and move forward with purchasing power, based on interest rates that
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Vikki Healey are still low and prices that have risen only slightly,” she said. “Real estate cycles have run in approximately 10-year intervals. We are already seeing the beginnings of trends that are expected to continue like the normalizing of inventory, the selling off of shadow inventory, gradually rising prices, and increasing home equity that will support a move-up market.” She also believes that changing laws, social media and technology will continue to have profound impacts on the real estate business. Vikki Healey Properties is located at 25 West Pleasant Ave.. For more information, call 201-881-7900 or visit http://www.vikkihealey.com.
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The second annual Maywood Fall Festival was held at Memorial Park on Oct. 6. There was face painting, the New Jersey Mobile Hall of Fame, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Mounted Unit, food representing local restaurants and clubs, live entertainment and games, a petty zoo and pony rides. Vikki Healey of Vikki Healey Properties sponsored the fair’s hayrides.
Maywood Avenue School celebrated Respect Week with a party on the afternoon of Oct. 9. The gym was filled with games such as ping pong and basketball, and the guests were able to create banners celebrating respect and the pillars of character.
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Calling All Maywood Veterans
The Maywood Board of Education is inviting all borough residents who are military veterans to a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at Maywood Avenue School on Nov. 11. The school, led by its student council, will honor all men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces and also launch the Alive Heroes Challenge. This initiative was created by two high school students in Ridgewood and honors today’s heroes through the sale of wristbands emblazoned with the names of veterans currently suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or any other form of battle-inflicted injury. All proceeds will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Any veteran wishing to attend should either e-mail Superintendent Michael Jordan, at Mjordan@maywoodschools. org or call 201-845-9110.
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Hackensack Wallops Clifton, 29-0 Bergen Families Bike Together
The 18th annual Bergen Bike Tour was held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Darlington County Park in Mahwah. Hundreds of riders, sponsors, volunteers and families participated in the event that since its inception has raised more than $1 million to support the programs of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and Tomorrows Children’s Fund of HackensackUMC.
Health Students Make Strides
In a dominant performance by Hackensack High School’s defense, the Comets crushed the Clifton High School Mustangs 29-0 during their Friday night varsity football game on Oct. 18, improving to a 4-2 season record and securing a coveted playoff spot. “I didn’t imagine shutting them out,” said Hackensack Coach Benjie Wimberly. “A shut-out is always nice.” While they are typically a ground-and-pound team that averages 232 yards per game, Wimberly sensed that his boys would have better luck passing. So, Quarterback Jalen Wheeler fed the ball to his three senior receivers, Elijah Johnson, Kenny Jimenez and Deandre Christmas, throughout the game. The three of them found holes in the defense and caught almost each and every ball thrown their way. Hackensack jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after Wheeler connected with Jimenez over the middle with seven minutes left in the first quarter. The ferocious defensive line then made its presence felt in tackling Clifton quarterback Malik Mouzome for a safety. In the blink of an eye, Hackensack was up 9-0 in hostile enemy territory on the
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Clifton High School Mustangs (in maroon) were unable to score on Hackensack. road. Then, on the first play from scrimmage, running back Aaron Guzman ran 60 yards for a touchdown, increasing the lead to 15-0. Hackensack pressured Mouzome the entire game and never let Clifton near the end zone. With 1:30 remaining in the second quarter, Wheeler found Johnson for a 30-yard pass, which helped set up Jimenez’s second touchdown of the night. The Comets led 22-0 at half. Our game plan was to play hard,” Johnson said. “I tried to look for the players’ weaknesses. We knew if we came out and played we could have a good offensive day.” Clifton was unable to move the ball in the second half and looked completely lost. As punts and penalties mounted in the third quarter, Jordan Mills picked off Mouzome, which led to a touchdown by running back Asante Dyer. “I was finding open men all game,” Wheeler said. “They gave me the looks and they were running perfect routes. It feels good. We should have been better, but we’re in the playoffs so I’m happy about that. With a lot of underclassmen, it was a great victory.” Wimberly said he couldn’t have been prouder of his players. Although there were several penalties called on them, they worked hard, won and made it look easy, he said. If they continue to play like this they can go far in the playoffs, he said. The Comets’ next game is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at Passaic High School.
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Unilever Helps Boys, Girls Club
Edwin and Gladys Tavarez, Larissa and Jhovanny Rodriguez and Gianna and Edwin Tavarez, all of Hackensack.
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On Sept. 28, Unilever sponsored the Making Strides for a Billion Better Lives 5K run/walk in Palisades Park. All proceeds benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/ Hackensack. Pictured: Unilever representatives presenting a $4,300 donation to the club, which will use the funds for two of its after-school youth programs, Kids Café and Project Learn. Pictured: Michael Nardino, Debbie Winka, Alison Gagne, Joseph Licata, Lauren Moran and Nicole Maione with the children.
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Hackensack High School students made great strides against breast cancer by joining a cancer walk at Overpeck Park on Oct. 20. Altagracia Medina’s health students, school alumni and their parents and friends joined breast cancer survivors in raising awareness for breast cancer research.
Remembering Loved Ones Lost
Sunset Club Donates $500
During an Oct. 9 meeting, Irwin Kramer, Sunset Rotary Club member and resident of Hackensack, presented a $500 donation to Lt. Paul Valverde of the Salvation Army. The club has been active in the region for more than a decade, raising funds and organizing food drives for local charities, and serving Thanksgiving meals and summer barbecues to Hackensack’s homeless.
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Vander Plaat Memorial Home of Paramus hosted its fourth annual Light of Remembrance non-denominational service on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Church of the Annunciation in Paramus. Regardless of faith, anyone who wished to remember a deceased friend or family member was welcome to pay their respects. The afternoon featured a candle-lighting ceremony and the release of a flock of doves outside the church, symbolizing hope for those whose loves ones have passed away.
Rotarians Boost Food Center
During a meeting on Oct. 2, Tom Shea, president of the Sunset Rotary Club of Glen Rock, Paramus and Ridgewood, presented a $1,000 donation to Jim James, site manager of the Center for Food Action in Mahwah. Frank Ramsay, a founding member of the club, made an additional $2,000 donation to Patricia Espy, the center’s executive director. The club has helped support the Center for Food Action.
Volunteer Center Seeks Donors
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is looking for companies, religious and civic groups, chambers of commerce and other community organizations, as well as individuals and families, to participate in its annual All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program. The program benefits needy children and families, troubled youth, lonely seniors and disabled adults, who may be passed over this holiday season unless generous donors come forward to offer assistance. Information for potential donors wishing to make contributions can be found at www.bergenvolunteers.org; click on Holiday Programs. Registration is open now; donor-client matching will begin Nov. 1. “We are asking groups of all kinds to step up and help those in need. We’ve already received a record number of requests from social service agencies for their clients. Groups can collect gifts or raise funds to help others find some joy in the holiday season,” says Janet Sharma, executive director of the Volunteer Center. All Wrapped Up has two components: Adopt-a-Family and Heart to Heart. For Adopt-a-Family, the Volunteer Center regularly receives gift requests for more than 800 families, ranging in size from two to seven people. Donors will be given a family profile, with specific gift requests that could include clothes, toys or household items. Donors should plan to spend about $50 per family member. Donors may also provide gift certificates to stores or supermarkets. Donors with limited budgets or those who would like to focus on one needy person may help an individual through the Heart-to-Heart program. The Volunteer Center regularly receives up to 1,000 requests for assistance which are submitted for seniors, lonely or disabled adults and children. Donors are asked to provide supermarket gift certificates, clothing and gifts for the individual they select and should plan to spend approximately $50. Non-profit agencies are currently submitting profiles of needy individuals and families to the Volunteer Center. The Volunteer Center, in turn, is compiling lists of groups and individuals willing to help. Donors will have no direct contact with individuals or families; all gifts will be delivered to and distributed by the non-profit organization. For more information, call Debbie Emery at 201-4899454, ext. 118.
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Stroke Survivor Gives Back
Eunice Bustillo, a stroke survivor and active member of the Adler Aphasia Center of Maywood, recently presented the center with a generous donation that will be matched by founders, Elaine and Mike Adler, as part of the center’s New Initiatives Fund. The fund was launched with a lead gift from the Adlers and the goal of the campaign is to raise $250,000 as a match to the Adler’s pledge. Gifts toward the New Initiatives Fund will enable the Adler Aphasia Center to engage in cutting-edge research and program expansion to promote the ongoing development of the Adler Center’s unique approach to long-term therapeutic support for people with aphasia. Bustillo, of River Edge, was just 40 when she suffered a stroke and developed aphasia, a devastating communication disorder that affects one’s
Italian Pride Takes Center Stage
Bergen County hosted its annual Italian flag-raising ceremony on Oct. 11 in celebration of Italian-American Heritage Month in New Jersey and Columbus Day. This year’s keynote speaker was Clelia Di Rienzo, consulate of Italy, Newark. Other speakers included County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Ralph Contini, chairman, UNICO National Columbus Committee.
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John, John Dylan and Eunice Bustillo along with Woody, the family dog. ability to express language as well as reading and writing. She started attending group sessions in life skills twice a week at the Adler Aphasia Center to improve her speech and boost her confidence to speak in public again. With the same creative passion she displayed in her work before her stroke, she began to design jewelry at the center. Bustillo soon began teaching other members with aphasia how to design and create handcrafted pieces. She realized that her speech was improving as she practiced her communication regularly in her role as jewelry teacher. Bustillo’s family is among the first of the center’s participants to donate to the New Initiative Fund.
Rochelle Park Township Update
BY JAsOn cOHen During the Rochelle Park Township Committee meeting on Oct. 16, Jennifer O’Brien, a teacher at Midland Park School, thanked the township for supporting the first 5K Run/ Walk which took place on Sept. 29 and benefitted the district’s kids. She also expressed gratitude to the volunteers, who helped with the fundraiser. “Every portion of the township that could have been helpful was in every possible way,” she said. “You guys were there to support us from the start.” Mayor Joseph Scarpa, who handed out medals at the race, congratulated O’Brien and her colleagues on having the initiative to organize the 5K. “We feel it was a great event,” Scarpa said. In other business, the committee approved resolutions to apply for state grant for improvements on Lincoln Avenue and to create new rules regarding membership with the Rochelle Park First Aid Squad. The next Township Committee meeting is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
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Stop, Drop, Roll
The Paramus Fire Department visited Stony Lane School on Oct. 10 to teach students in kindergarten through second grade about fire safety. There was even a special stop by Sparky the Dog.
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Autumn on Display
East Brook Shows Respect
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Students at West Brook Middle School in Paramus recently welcomed fall with a little help from Amoroso Tree Service, which donated the autumn display. Pictured: Principal Carla Alvarez with sixth grade students Shlok Patel, Christina Chalmers, Lily Amoroso, Zachary Rogalski and Vice Principal Larry Calenda.
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Acorns, Cones and Twigs
East Brook Middle School of Paramus launched its Respect Week celebration on Oct. 7. Students and staff members all wore the school’s team colors to show respect for their team and East Brook.
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FMA Live!, a traveling multi-media science education program named for Isaac Newton’s second law, recently visited West Brook Middle School of Paramus. Students from East Brook Middle School and West Brook Middle School participated in interactive scientific demonstrations about Newton’s laws of motion and gravity. FMA Live! is a collaboration between Honeywell and NASA.
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Parkway Joins Nation
Students in Mary Ellen Baker’s and Nicole Snyder’s kindergarten classes at Memorial School in Paramus are studying trees as part of the science curriculum. The children have enjoyed nature walks to notice the changes in color, variability among tree species and more. Students later placed acorns, pine cones, fallen leaves and twigs in plastic baggies.
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Adriana Hemans, a Paramus High School senior, recently scored in the top 3 percent among more than 160,000 African-American students who took the PreSAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Students at Parkway School of Paramus recently embarked on a mission to set a world record by participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. With the help of Maria Bonner, the school’s media specialist, the kids joined millions of others across the nation by reading Otis by Loren Long during the program’s annual celebration on Oct. 3. Parkway added 250 students toward the 2013 goal. Last year, a total of 2.3 million children read simultaneously.
AT THE LIBRARIES JOHNSON LIBRARY Library closed: Nov. 28, 29. GALLERY AND CASES: Hackensack Art Club FAMOUS PIANISTS’ INFLUENCE ON PIANO TECHNIQUE with Diane Battersby on Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Please pre-register. EASY STRATEGIES FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS Ordinary People – Everyday Prep with Michelle Reynoso on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Please pre-register. AN EVENING WITH THE RIVERKEEPER Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. with staff attorney Christopher Len and Operations Director Mary Knight. “The Truth About CSOs” a film by Scott Morris and “Turning the Tide” a film by Bob Szyter. Please pre-register. MAKING A WEB SITE FOR DUMMIES Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Please pre-register. GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: WHERE TO START AND HOW TO VALIDATE WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. – noon with Randi Koenig. Please pre-register. MEET WITH CONGRESSMAN GARRETT’S REPRESENTATIVE every third Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Fridays from 10:30 – noon for peer-led volunteer job search and networking. Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed and underemployed individuals and recent college graduates. Call 201-3423-4169 ext. 22. PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. AIM Workshop presents a hands-on series for beginners and playwrights with works-in-progress. Writers should bring scenes or scripts-inprogress with them. BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be The School of Night by Louis Bayard. Call 201-343-4781. JUST THE FACTS: A NON-FICTIONONLY BOOK CLUB held Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. at Java’s Brewin’. The book will be What Money Can’t Buy: the Moral Limits of Markets by Michael Sandel. To register, call Kate at 201-343-4169 ext. 36. TEEN BOOKS FOR ADULT READERS Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. The book will be The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. INSPECT YOUR GADGET Every Thursday morning from 11 – noon for smart phones, tablets, nooks, kindle and more. Bring the device and the manual and they will help you use it more efficiently. Hackensack residents only. FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Call the library for film information. BOOKFEST HACKENSACK Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a free book giveaway for kids of all ages (and some adults). 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. No advance registration necessary and weekly attendance isn’t required. Nov. 5, Nov. 12. Special Event Nov. 19, A Day in Paris with students from Sheavon Mason’s French class at Hackensack High School. Prizes. Nov. 26, Rainbow Loom Bracelet Making. New participants are always welcome. Bring your library card for Internet use. Seventh graders need a red permission dot on their card. 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 Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Registration required. DROP-IN VIDEO GAMES Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. for grades 4 – 6 only. TECH TIME Nov. 18, 22 at 3:30 p.m. for grades 3 – 5 with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, basic computer skills and more. Must attend both sessions and preregistration required. CHESS CLUB Nov. 12, 26 at 3:30 p.m. for beginners and intermediate players. Pre-registration required. ROBOTICS Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Preregistration required. ARTS AND CRAFTS Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. for Indian Corn Pin Crafts for grade 2 and up. MEET THE ORCHESTRA Thursdays at 2 p.m. for children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. SUPERHERO DAY Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. design your own cape and be a superhero for a day. Kids in kindergarten through third grade. Registration is required. 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. COMPUTER AND ESL WORKSHOP at 10 a.m. Learn beginning computer skills and English as well. 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 highintermediate 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 FolkPushee 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 or books. All books are $5. Each patron will be allowed and is encouraged to write a dedication page that will be included in the book. FAX 24 Public Service Fax Machine is located in the lobby and accepts debit and check cards: Visa, Master Card, Amex and Discover. $1.50/first page, $1/each additional to USA, Canada and Caribbean. International rates: $4.95/first page, $3.45/ additional pages. iPADS available for checkout to Maywood residents with valid library card. SUNDAY AFTERNOON MOVIE Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. “Hitchcock.” 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 title, schedule and registration available at the front desk. 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 201-845-2915. MAYWOOD LOCAL HISTORY ROOM by appointment only. For group tours call Carol Dass at 201-845-8830 or visit maywoodhistory.com. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Call 201-845-2915. PARAMUS LIBRARY ACTIVITIES open to Paramus residents only. Registration required unless otherwise noted. MOVIE SCREENING Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. of “Parkland.” Open to the public with first come seating. Light refreshments will be served. STORYTIMES: for Paramus residents at Main Branch: Little Bookworms for birth -18 months with caregiver Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Teeny Time for ages 18 - 30 months with caregiver, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Tell Me a Story for ages 2.5 – 3.5 with caregiver on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3.5 – 5 on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:15. Pajama Storytime Nov. 26, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Sing-aLong Storytime Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. 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. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Registration required by phone or in person at main Library. Registration is not required at Reid library. AFTER-SCHOOL ADVENTURES at main library on Thursdays for grades K-4 at 4 p.m. PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB at main library on Nov. 12 and Dec. 17 for grades 2-3 at 4 p.m. RAVENOUS READERS at main library on Nov. 4, Dec. 2 for grades 5 and 6. BE’TWEEN PROGRAM at main library Nov. 19, Dec. 17 for grades 5 – 8. Afterschool crafts and cooking program. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD at main library on Nov. 5, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. HIGH SCHOOL BOOK CLUB at in the high school media center on Nov. 19. HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE at main library Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. for teens grades 5 – 12. THRILLING THURSDAYS at main library on Nov. 21, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. for ages 2.5 – 5. FALL PROGRAMS AT THE MAIN LIBRARY Bergen County Zoo: Wild Pets, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. for grades K-4. Movie Matinee, for all ages on Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Garden Arts of Kids, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. WINTER WONDERLAND OPEN HOUSE to transform the library with crafts, food, stories, games and fun for all ages on Dec. 6 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOPS Pom-pom for preschool Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Luminaries for grades K-4 Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Gingerbread House for grades K-4 Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. WINTER READING CLUB Dec. 20 – March 3. Stickers for every book you read. 10 stickers earns you a prize from the treasure chest. Over 10 books enters you into the grand prize raffle. HOLIDAY CRAFT for grades 5 and up on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Registration required. HOLIDAY PROGRAM Lionheart Puppet Co. presents The Reluctant Dragon on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Register by Dec. 8. For ages 4 – grade 4. REID BRANCH AFTER-SCHOOL at 3:30 p.m. Mondays: Wii Days. Tuesdays: Movie Days. Thursday: Arts and Crafts. Fridays: Picture Bingo. REID BRANCH TEEN ACTIVITIES Cooking Club on Nov. 6 and Teen Craft on Nov. 6. REID BRANCH DECEMBER PROGRAMS FOR GRADES 5-8 Register one week in advance. Gingerbread House, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Origami Workshop, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Cupcake Cooking Club, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. REID BRANCH DECEMBER PROGRAMS Pre-School Stories and Crafts on Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 10:30 a.m. for 3 – 5 years old. Holiday Gift Special, for grades K-4 on Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Origami Festival, for grades K-4 Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Gingerbread House, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Register one week in advance. ESL Intermediate Classes Open to All Bergen County Residents offered Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. starting. Free with Paramus residents having priority. Registration required. Call 201599-1305. 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 201-599-1300 or visit paramuslibrary.org. ROCHELLE PARK LIBRARY CLOSING INFORMATION Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Nov. 27, Closing at 3 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, Thanksgiving. TODDLER TALES PLAY AND STORY TIME Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for children 5 and younger. Through Dec. 13. SAMMY AND THE WRECKING BALL PROGRAM Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. with author Marguerite Sansone who will read and play guitar. FAMILY MOVIE Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. “Epic” rated PG. TEEN BOOK CLUB Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. the book will be Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. BOARD GAME NIGHT Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. for game lovers of all ages although children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. BINGO NIGHT Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. all ages welcome although children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes. ADULT BOOK CLUB meeting Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is to decide the books for the forthcoming months. KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. All experiences including novices welcome. MOVIE TUESDAY FILM SERIES held at 1 p.m. for adults. Nov. 5, no movie due to general and school board elections. Nov. 12, “The Heat.” Nov. 19, “Hitchcock.” Nov. 26, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Monthly Evening Movie, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. “Definitely Maybe.” Rated PG-13. Rochelle Park Library is located at 151 West Passaic St. Call 201-587-7730. AT FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER 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. HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS Mondays for ages 5 – 7 and 8 – 12. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Now through Dec. 4 PARAMUS “Sandy: Artists Respond to a Once and Future Superstore” at the Gallery Bergen at Bergen Community College through Dec. 4. Curator’s Tours on 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. Nov. 1, 2, 3 FAIR LAWN The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas presented by Old Library Theatre at Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th St. on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 201-797-3553 or visit oldlibrarytheater.net. Nov. 2 TEANECK Bergen Philharmonic Brahms Violin Concerto with the musical artistry of violinist Joseph Morag. Other works by Glazunov and Verdi. Held at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 1315 Taft Rd. at 8 p.m. Adults/$25, seniors/$20, students/$10. Call 201-837-1980 or visit bergenphilharmonic. org. 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. Nov. 10 NYACK Milk and Cookies Playhouse “Aesop Bops!” at the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., at 2 p.m. $12/in advance, $15/day of performance, Free/children under 2. Visit artsrock.org. Nov. 10, 11 LEONIA Auditions for Race presented by the Players Guild at the Civil War Drill Hall Theater, 130 Grand Ave on Nov. 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 for call backs. Call 201-9479606 or visit email@example.com. Nov. 16 TENAFLY Concert for Caring presented at Tenafly Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Benefiting Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, for pediatric cancer research. Must notify two weeks in advance if bringing children. Call 973-907-6373 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov. 22 SPARKILL NY Guitar Magic Celebrates Jerry Garcia and the Dead 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. 30 – Dec. 22 ORADELL Aladdin 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. Dec. 1 MAYWOOD Holiday Happenings at Twin Door Tavern featuring The Bobby Byrne Holiday Show at The Maywood Inn’s Twin Door Tavern, doors open at 1 p.m. for dinner. Show starts at 2 p.m. $60. Call 201-8438022. Dec. 9 NYACK New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet presented by ArtsRock at Temple Beth Torah, 330 North Highland Ave., at 7:30 p.m. $25/GA, $20/temple member, $15/ students. Visit artsrock.org. Dec. 9 MAYWOOD Holiday Happenings at Twin Door Tavern featuring The Radio City Christmas Show meeting at The Maywood Inn’s Twin Door Tavern, doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner. Show at 8 p.m. Transportation by Motor coach. $115. Call 201-843-8022. Dec. 12 MAYWOOD Holiday Happenings at Twin Door Tavern featuring Holiday Lights Tour of NYC meeting at The Maywood Inn’s Twin Door Tavern, doors open at 5 p.m. for cocktails. Bus departs at 6 p.m. Transportation by motor coach. $65/adults, $40/children. Includes Bryant Park, Snowflake Show at Time Warner, holiday windows and Rockefeller Center. Call 201-843-8022. Dec. 12 MAYWOOD Holiday Happenings at Twin Door Tavern featuring Bryant Park Experience meeting at The Maywood Inn’s Twin Door Tavern. Bus departs at 12:30 p.m. Arrive by noon. Transportation by motor coach. $65/adults, $40/children. Includes Bryant Park skating (bring your own skates), 125 Christmas kiosks and Rockefeller Center. Cocktail party back at the Inn. Call 201843-8022. Dec. 13 - 17 FAIR LAWN A Christmas Carol presented by the Skyline Theatre Company at the George Frey Center in the Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. $28/adults, $20/ seniors, $18/students. Call 1-800-474-1299. Dec. 20 PARAMUS Bergen Sinfonia Holiday Concert presented by Bergen Community College in the Anna Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. General admission $35. Call 201-447-7428. Dec. 28 NYACK The Bossy Frog Band at the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.$12/ in advance, $15/day of performance, Free/ children under 2. Visit artsrock.org. 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
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Bus Safety Tips
Students at Ridge Ranch School of Paramus recently learned the importance of bus safety from Kelly Ribeiro, their physical education teacher.
Tie a Red Ribbon
Fivesome Earns Star Rank
Photo Courtesy: Linda Broek
Photo Courtesy: Anna Tormey
Students at Memorial School in Paramus celebrated Red Ribbon Week during the week of Oct. 21 to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence. Students also decorated trees outside the school with red ribbons. Pictured: Debbie Cassella’s students.
Loon Author Shares Story
Photo Courtesy: Joe Shuler
Five members of Boy Scout Troop 5 of Hackensack recently received their Star rank during a Court of Honor ceremony at the former Holy Trinity School gym. The rank is the third highest award in Scouting. Pictured, front row: Paul Delvechio, Mark Martinez, Jonathan Outen, Pierre Mascetti and John Romines; and back row, Scoutmaster J.P. Mascetti and Assistant Scoutmaster Paul Adams.
Engineer Leads Class
Photo Courtesy: Debbie Pagano
Virginia Cassarino-Brown, author of The Tangled Loon, recently shared her story, inspired by true events, with the students of Visitation Academy of Paramus. Cassarino-Brown explained how she was moved to write the children’s book when she learned of a loon being saved from a fishing net on a lake in Maine.
School Outfits Show Strength
Photo Courtesy: Pamela Jones
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During Red Ribbon Week at Ridge Ranch School, staff and students participated in clothing-themed days. Red was worn in honor of Red Ribbon week. Sweats were worn because “Living drug free is no sweat.” On the third day, crazy socks were worn for “Sock it to Drugs Day.” On the fourth day, the kids donned their favorite hats for “Hats off to a drug free school.” Finally, there was sports jersey day because the kids are part of a team to fight drugs.
‘American Idol’ Encounter
Mark Love, a civil engineer with a background in highway design and transportation planning, visited West Brook Middle School in Paramus on Oct. 16 to present a workshop to eighth graders as part of the “Engineers Teaching Algebra” program. Love began the 90-minute session by displaying drawings of the entrances and exits of a supermarket that he designed in relation to a main road. After giving students some guidelines and data outlining the flow of traffic, Love challenged the budding engineers to develop a safe and efficient phasing plan for the traffic light at the intersection.
Photo Courtesy: Stefani Pedone Photo Courtesy: Linda Broek
In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, third grade students at Ridge Ranch School of Paramus sold pink and white Rainbow Loom bracelets. A total of $425 was donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Serafina Pedone (center) of Hackensack recently enjoyed the opportunity to meet Kree Harrison (left) and Candice Glover (right) at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. They appeared on the 12th season of “American Idol” where Glover was crowned the winner.
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Missey, membership chairwoman, at 201281-8587 or amissey@bergenvolutneers. org. ENGLEWOOD Rotary 90th Anniversary Dinner held at Double Tree Hilton on Route 4 in Fort Lee on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. E-mail jill@jillabbott. com. 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 201-843-8763. Every Wednesday TEANECK Teaneck Rotary Club meets for lunch at Vitale’s, 293 Queen Anne Rd., at noon. Cost of lunch only, kosher meals available in advance. Call 201-837-8600. Visit Web site for guest speakers. 201-843-2169. HACKENSACK Business Volunteer Council Events: Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. Business Volunteer Connect after-hours networking at Chakra, 144 Route 4 East, Paramus. 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 Nov. 4 Fall Networking Event hosted by Columbia Bank, Broadway and Saddle Brook Branches at Broadway, Fair Lawn from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Call 201-880-1898. Nov. 13 MegaNet. 201-489-3700 or visit hackensackchamber.org. MAHWAH Mahwah Regional Chamber Events Nov. 6, Taste of the Region at the Crown Plaza Hotel Suffern, NY from 6 – 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Mega-Net at Maggiano’s Little Italy for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Super Community Spirit Showcase at Sheraton Mahwah from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 201-529-5566 or visit Mahwah.com. MEADOWLANDS Meadowlands Regional Chamber Nov. 6, Annual Meeting and luncheon. Nov. 8 Small Business Council. Nov. 13, Alternative Sources of Funding: With Kickstarter. Nov. 21, November Monthly meeting. Nov. 22, Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday. Nov. 24, Basket Brigade Relief for Local Families. Visit meadowlands.org. 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 201489-9454 ext. 119 or bergenvolunteers.org. CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN Mondays HACKENSACK Citizenship Classes at the Johnson Library from 10 – 11 a.m. Call 201-343-4169 ext. 21. HACKENSACK Internet Classes offered by the Johnson Public Library. Hackensack residents only. Call for details. 201-343-4781. Saturdays TEANECK Salsa Aerobic Dance Classes with dancer/ choreographer Donay at ClubFit, 444 Cedar Lane, from noon – 1 p.m. For men and women, no partners required. $10/person. Call 201-894-0138. Fourth Sunday MAYWOOD Square Dancing presented by Maywood Recreation and FAD (Fun at Dancing) held at the Maywood Senior Recreation Center from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Children first grade and older may attend with an adult. Call Jim at 201-712-1853 squaredance2@ yahoo.com. HACKENSACK YMCA Fall registration includes classes in dance, arts, wellness, sports basketball, martial arts, indoor soccer, indoor T-ball, tennis and volleyball. Teens may sign up for teen leaders or teen movie nights. Call 201487-6600 or visit ymcagbc.org. Fall LYNDHURST Meadowlands YMCA classes 15-week fall fitness classes held at the Lyndhurst 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. Middle School Youth 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 201-5687373 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/non-members. 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. Nov. 16 - 23 HACKENSACK American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses held at the YMCA of Greater Bergen County Saturday Nov. 16, 23 from 10 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 – 5 p.m. Pretest $10, $350 non-refundable course fee after pretest approval. Visit ymcagbc.org. Nov. 19, 24 TEANECK Tai Chi Workshop for adults presented by the Teaneck recreation Department in the Dance Studio of the Richard Rodda Center on Nov. 19 from 7:30 – 8:25 p.m. and Nov. 24 from 2-2:55 p.m. 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 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 the BCUA Web site for 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. Appointments needed, call 201-291-6467. Nov. 7 PARAMUS Diabetes Education meeting presented by the Paramus Board of Health at 7 p.m. at the Paramus Senior Center, 93 N. Farview Ave. Topic: “Give Your Kitchen a Healthy Makeover.” Call 201-265-2100 ext. 618 or 615. Nov. 12 – Dec. 17 HACKENSACK Diabetes Self-Management Class presented by the City of Hackensack Health Department for six sessions on Nov. 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17 at 9:15 a.m. at Hackensack Housing Authority at Beech Street and Railroad Avenue. Multiple gift cards raffled for individuals that complete the course. 201-646-3963. Nov. 13, Dec. 12 PARAMUS Free Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screening for Paramus residents on Nov. 13 and Dec. 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Paramus Borough Hall. Pre-registration necessary call the Board of Health Nurses at 201-2652100 ext. 618 or 615. ORGANIZATIONS Tuesdays MAYWOOD The Garden State Ski Club meets at the Maywood Inn, 122 W. Pleasant Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Discounted lift tickets and access to a GSSC ski house in Vermont. Year-round activities including tennis, golf, biking, hiking and social events. Visit gardenstateskiclub.com for information and a list of the activities. Mondays RUTHERFORD Toastmasters (first, third and fifth Mondays) build confidence by overcoming your fear of public 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 973-772-9078. First Tuesday LITTLE FERRY Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 809 meeting held at 100 Main St. at 8 p.m. Visit vfwpost809.org. Second Monday MAYWOOD The Maywood Democratic Club meets the second Monday of the month at Maywood Borough Hall, second floor at 8 p.m. New members are always welcome. Second Monday HACKENSACK Hackensack African-American Civic Organization meets the second Monday at the Elks Lodge on the corner or First and Berry streets. Visit haaca.org. Second Thursday ROCHELLE PARK American Legion Auxiliary Unit 170 of Rochelle Park meeting at 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at 33 W. Passaic St. Women who are wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of veterans are welcome to join. Call 201-587-9655. Third Monday LITTLE FERRY Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 800 meets at 100 Main St. at 8 p.m. Visit vvachapter800.org. Third Sunday ROCHELLE PARK Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by the American Legion Post 170 with the Lodi Post 136 on Nov. 1, Dec. 15 from 8 – 11 a.m. Bring a toy for the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots Campaign or food donation for Sacred Heart Helping Hands Ministry and receive $2 off breakfast. Regular price $4/person. Call 201-843-9683 or visit alpost170.us. MAYWOOD Electronic Bingo in addition to paper bingo and pull tabs for instant wins at Our Lady Queen Of Peace, 400 Maywood Ave. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Breaks for smokers. Coffee, soda, food and snacks are sold. 201-845-9566. First Wednesday RIDGEWOOD North Jersey Depression Glass Club meetings held at a new location, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, at 7 p.m. Call 973-838-2419. Nov. 8 MAYWOOD Tricky Tray presented by St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Parkway and Oak avenues at 6:30 p.m. $15/ includes meal, dessert and coffee and one sheet of tickets. Call 201-843-5360. Nov. 14 MAYWOOD Maywood Alumni Association Informational Meeting held at 7:30 p.m. in the Maywood Avenue School gym to discuss the Hawk Alumni Directory, newsletter, district e-mail blasts, admission to yearly alumni events and free Hawk pennant and car magnet. Visit maywoodschools.org. Nov. 16 PIERMONT NY 10th Annual Gala presented by Project Literacy at The View on the Hudson from 7 p.m. – midnight. Music, silent auction, black tie optional. $225/person. Call 201489-7066. Sponsorships available. Projectliteracy.org. Nov. 17 HACKENSACK Galilee United Methodist Church 100th Anniversary held at Stony Hill Inn, 231 Polifly Rd. at 3 p.m. $75/adults, $45/children under 12. Guest speaker Bishop Violet Fisher at Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. at the church. For tickets to the dinner call 201-837-4026. Commemorative journal ads available. Call 201-567-0009. Nov. 21 TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON 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 email@example.com. Nov. 21 GARFIELD Sixth Annual Crusader Gala presented by Bergen Catholic at the Venetian at 6 p.m. Honoring Jack Howley and Therese McGovern. Call 201-261-1844. Nov. 22 WOODCLIFF LAKE The 27th Festival of Trees “Giving Thanks” presented by the Junior League of Bergen County at the Woodcliff Manor at 7 p.m. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-447-2292. Nov. 26 MAHWAH 48th Sports Award Banquet presented by the YMCA of Greater Bergen County at the Sheraton Mahwah 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. Tuesdays HACKENSACK Teen Leaders Club presented by the YMCA Greater Bergen County, 360 Main St., for teens grades 8 – 12. Includes handson leadership experience with volunteering, community events, special trips and local events and fun. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 205 or visit ymcagbc.org. Dec. 26 – Dec. 31 8 HACKENSACK Ice House Holiday Skate Camp on Dec. 26, 27, 30, 31. Includes lessons, 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 201-4878444 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 201-487-6600 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. 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 201-646-7900. 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 201-845-9215. MAYWOOD Senior Citizens Club of Maywood meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (first meeting is business and second is social) at the Maywood Senior/Recreation Center on Duvier Place. Nov. 6, business meeting with speaker from Adler Aphasia Center. Nov. 20, social meeting, annual food drive. Nov. 25, turkey dinner. Dec. 9, LiGreci Christmas Show, $49 per person. For membership information, call 201-843-1061. For trip information call 201-843-1061. Second Thursday PARAMUS Paramus AARP Chapter 3834 has opened its membership to new members. The Paramus area includes 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 201845-9310. First and Third Thursday PARAMUS Senior Pioneers of Paramus welcomes new members at the Cipolla Senior Center, 93 N. Farview Ave. at 1 p.m. Various activities including chess, cards, pool, bocce ball, bus trips and speakers on topics pertaining to seniors, as well as entertainment. Call Mary at 201-265-7195 for an application. ROCHELLE PARK Rochelle Park Senior Citizens meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at the Senior Center at the municipal complex at 151 W. Passaic Street at 1 p.m. All seniors 55 and older are welcome to join. Dues $15/year. For information, call Judy at 201-845-8688. For trips call Mitzi at 201-843-9243. SOUTH HACKENSACK The Senior Citizens meet the first Thursday of the month, at 1 p.m. Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. 201-440-9032. Second Friday HACKENSACK AARP Chapter 418 Meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Hackensack Recreation Center, 116 Holt St. For information call 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 201-8452900 ext. 208 or e-mail email@example.com. SPECIAL EVENTS Fridays SOUTH HACKENSACK Wine Tasting presented by Wine and Liquor Depot, 310 Huyler Street from 4 – 7 p.m. Call 201-343-1513. MAYWOOD Maywood Station Sunday Museum Open Houses, from noon – 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. – noon, “Santa visits the Maywood Station Museum.” Visit maywoodstation.com. 201-487-6600 ext. 220 or visit ymcagbc.org. SUPPORT GROUPS First and third Thursdays RIVER EDGE St. Peter’s Support Group for divorced, single, separated and widowed adults, 431 Fifth Ave. at 7:30 p.m. sharp in the school library. Includes discussions, speakers and social activities. Visit nj.support-group-nj. com or call 201-440-0217 or 201-7960988. HACKENSACK Overcomer’s Outreach a free support service for addiction-related issues. Meetings are every Friday night from 7 – 8 p.m. at 720 Summit Ave. For information call Joanne at 201-424-7725 or visit overcomersoutreach.org. HACKENSACK Victim Family/Friends Support Group coordinated by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. to support family members and friends of those who have died by homicide. Call 973-447-8285 or 201-226-5792 or visit bcpo.net. HACKENSACK Cardiac Support Group Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Prospect Heights Care Center Cardiac Unit, 336 Prospect Ave. Call 201-518-7753. HACKENSACK Diabetes Support Group Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Prospect Heights Care Center, third floor, 336 Prospect Ave. Call 201518-7753. TOWN NEWS MAYWOOD Annual 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. Nov. 26. Dec. 17. Meetings and work sessions are held in the council chambers, second floor, 15 Park Ave.. Call 201-845-2900. MAYWOOD 2013 Insurance Safety Committee schedule of meetings. Dec. 18. Meetings to be held at the John Steuert Jr. Municipal Complex, 15 Park Ave., third floor at 9 a.m. Call 201-845-2900. HACKENSACK City of Hackensack 2013 Meeting Schedule Committee of the Whole Meetings: at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted, 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. Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. All meeting are held at 65 Central Ave., third floor, council chambers. TRIPS 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 Nov. 9 PARAMUS “My Hope American” video presented by Paramus Bible Church, E 242 Midland Ave. at 7 p.m. The video has life-changing testimonies and a powerful message by Billy Graham. No charge to attend. Crafts for young children and a nursery room. Call 201-265-0044.
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Driver, 85, Strikes Officer At approximately 10:35 a.m. on Oct., 3, Paramus Police Officer Kurtis Massey, 27, was struck by a car while directing traffic at the intersection of Paramus Road and Glen Avenue. The vehicle was a 2005 Honda Accord operated by Veronica Asdoorian, 85, of Waldwick, who was making a left turn from Glen onto Paramus Road southbound. Massey was in the area detouring traffic for utility pole work. Massey was transported to HackensackUMC where he was treated for a compound fracture to his leg and is in good condition, reports said. Asdoorian was issued a motor vehicle summons for careless driving. Girl Accuses Boyfriend An 18-year-old Hackensack man has been arrested by Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives and charged with having a sexual relationship with his 14-year-old girlfriend, officials said. On Oct. 17, members of the county’s Special Victims Unit and the Hackensack Police Department arrested George Agreda, of Euclid Avenue, after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with a 14-year-old acquaintance. The victim’s father learned that the victim was in a dating relationship with Agreda and attempted to speak with his parents at their home. The Hackensack Police Department also responded to home, at which time Agreda agreed to voluntarily accompany the responding officer to the Hackensack Police Department for further investigation. The victim was also interviewed by detectives, and she confirmed the existence of a sexual relationship. Agreda was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set by Judge Mary Thurber at $50,000 with no 10 percent option, no contact with the victim and the surrender of his passport. Agreda remains at the Bergen County jail in lieu of bail.
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Local Arts Schools Applauded
Five New Jersey schools have been designated Model Schools in the Arts for the 2013 school year. They include Paramus High School, Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts in East Orange, Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth. These schools scored in the top 10 percent of the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project and teach all four arts disciplines: dance, music, theater and the visual arts.
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Beloved Hackensack Merchant Tragically Killed
ing more serious charges such as vehicular manslaughter. Toxicology results will play a factor in that decision, officials said. Gehm’s attorney vehemently denies that she was intoxicated and said she failed the field test because she was shaken up. Some launched his uniform business in 1956 after returning from serving overseas in World War II. He operated a storefront on Route 17 South in Paramus (later purchased by IKEA) for many years before moving his business to his hometown of Hackensack. He bought the old Womrath’s Book Store, which presently houses Some’s Uniforms and Uniform Fashions. Some served as president of Some’s Uniforms, and his wife, Diane, runs Uniform Fashions. Some’s Uniforms specializes in gear for law enforcement and government agencies, military, security companies, hospitals, resorts, banks, airports and other facilities with clients across the nation and internationally. Some was remembered for
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Jerry and Diane Some at the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce Gala. Jerome “Jerry” Some, the owner of Some’s Uniforms on Hackensack’s Main Street, was struck by a car and killed near his home on Prospect Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. He was 87. Hackensack’s Police Director Michael Mordaga informed the city council of the accident shortly before the 8 p.m. public meeting. After the tragedy was announced to those in attendance, a moment of silence was observed in his honor. Mordaga said Some was killed as he crossed Prospect in the middle of the block on the way to a meeting. The driver, Kathleen Gehm, 63, a River Vale nurse, was charged with driving while intoxicated after failing a field sobriety test, Mordaga said. The case is now in the hands of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office which will consider press-
his love of Hackensack and his philanthropic nature, often donating to local causes. He was an active member of the Upper Main Alliance and worked very closely with the City of Hackensack during the past last eight years to move forward on a redevelopment plan to revitalize the Main Street corridor. Former council members, City Manager Steve Lo Iacono and city planners used Some’s expertise and guidance to draft a viable plan for revitalization. “I will always remember Jerry as I first knew him, a wonderful father and supportive parent to his son’s friends.
He will be missed in so many ways,” said Karen Sasso, former mayor. Former mayor Michael Melfi was equally distraught. “Jerry was a great man and a great friend,” said Melfi. “He was always supportive and willing to give you some advice. Jerry was a compassionate man who will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Marlin Townes, also a former mayor, fondly remembered their friendship. “When my family heard the news it came as a shock,” said Townes. “For awhile, all
I could think of was the family that I got to know all these years. So I said prayers for them. Then I started thinking about Jerry. For eight years on the council, Jerry was always around, either at some event or meeting. He always had constructive criticism and encouragement. The support he gave to Hackensack will never be forgotten. He will be missed. Rest in peace, good friend.” Some is survived by his wife Diane, children, Lee, Andrea Duane and Jason. Grandfather of Heschel, Joshua and Candace and great-grandfather of Aurora.
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JOSEPH VIOLA Sr., a lifelong resident of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Oct. 17 at the age of 85. He graduated Fairleigh Dickinson University, attaining a Bachelor’s degree in business. Joseph was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War and attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class and receiving two Bronze Stars for his heroic actions. He was also a member of the South Hackensack VFW and Hackensack Planning Board for more than 31 years. Joseph was past president and member of the Hackensack Chapter of UNICO. Prior to retiring in 1995, he was the director of the Hackensack Housing Authority. For several decades before, he owned and operated Viola’s Market, a fresh produce/Italian provisions mobile market with the slogan “Here Comes Joe.” He was an active parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church in Hackensack and also a member of their Usher’s Society, chairman of the St. Joseph Table, an active member of the Socialites and a past president and member of the St. Francis Holy Name Society. Joe loved gardening and working the land, but what he enjoyed most of all was spending time with his loving family, including the
annual trips to Woodloch Pines in Pennsylvania. Beloved husband of Lois Ann (née De Cesare) for 62 years. Loving father of Ken Viola and his wife Carol, Richard Viola and his wife Diane, Susan Donohue and her husband Brian, and Joseph “J” Viola Jr. and his wife Lisa. Cherished grandfather of Mark, Neil, Craig and his wife Stacie, Michael, Dylan, Geoffrey and his wife Elizabeth, Steven, Michelle, Victoria, Emily and great-grandfather of Ellison and Bradley. Dearest brother of Jenny Zurretti, Frank Viola, Maryann Viola, Salvatore Viola Jr., and the late Thomas Viola. Joseph is also survived by several adoring nieces, nephews and many close friends. THOMAS HOEHL, of Bloomingdale, formerly of Hackensack, passed away on Oct. 18 at the age of 42. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and was a member of the Hackensack and Lodi Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He worked as a dispatcher for Empire Ambulance in West Paterson. He previously worked for the Florida Department of Corrections and as a dispatcher for the Bergen County Police Department. Tom was an avid motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed
riding various motorcycles. He was a parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church, Hackensack. Beloved husband of Katherine (née Robertson) for more than 13 years. Loving father of Keely, Jessica and Bailey Hoehl. Devoted son of Elaine Hoehl and the late Elwood “Butch” Hoehl of Hackensack. Caring grandson of Ellen Wagner of Hackensack. Dearest brother of Kevin Hoehl and his wife Lizbeth of Hackensack, Jennifer Birchenough and her husband Robert of West Milford, and Brian Hoehl and his wife Kerri of Bloomingdale. Cherished nephew of Victoria M. Wagner of Bergenfield, John J. Wagner of New Milford, and Harry Wagner and his wife Lisa of Florida. Tom is also survived by numerous nieces, and nephews, and a very special godson, Ruben Hoehl. GUY PARCIASEPE, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Oct. 21 at the age of 81. Prior to retiring, he worked for the South Hackensack Postal Office. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country during the Korean War. Guy was also an avid fisherman, hunter, botanist and a member of the Nut Growers Association. Loving
father of Rosemarie Van Tine of Bogota. Cherished grandfather of Evan and Maria. Dearest brother of Hope Manzo of New Port Richey, Fla., and Louise Gregg of Oxford, N.Y. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many close friends. ELEANOR MONTENEGRO, née Okuniewski, of South Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Oct. 23 at the age of 87. She was a member of the South Hackensack Ladies Auxiliary and a parishioner of Church of the Immaculate Conception in Hackensack. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Montenegro Sr. (1995). Loving mother of Judith Wiltse and her husband Richard, Lori Marini and her husband Silvio, Michael Montenegro and his wife Dona, and the late Arthur Montenegro (1996) and his wife Ann. Cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Dearest sister of Gertrude Witkowski and the late Edward, Leo, Edmund, and Alfred Okuniewski and the late Alice De Vincentis, Sophie Westerfield and Theresa Burgher. Eleanor is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
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Don’t Shield Kids Too Much
cepting place. Life isn’t fair, and it’s filled with challenges we do not deserve. Kids need to learn at an early age that a lot will be required of them to be successful. They will face adversity head on and go over it, or they will fail. That, as I see it, is an indisputable reality. This is true in the classroom, on the field of play, and in schools in general. Teachers and administrators have a responsibility to protect students from undue harm – it’s our calling card. But we also have the responsibility to ensure that our students are successful in life. Shielding them from dealing with situations that will arise in life after high school isn’t protecting them at all – it’s hurting them. It’s handicapping them before the game of life begins in earnest. Some of the lessons I learned this way at Hackensack High School as a student and as an undergrad at Seton Hall still get me through challenges today. The healing process that converts the battle scars of life to success often define us. No battle scar should be so deep that it cannot heal. That’s antithetical to the vocation of education. Minor cuts and bruises in the game of life create a strong platform for success. John Bellocchio is principal of Queen of Peace High School of North Arlington and a longtime Hackensack educator.
Nardino Named Top Executive
Michael Nardino, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack has been named Executive of the Year by the Professional Association. Nardino was selected as the regional winner and will be entered into the national competition representing the Northeast Region. Nardino is founder and president of the Lodi Drug Alliance. He is a longtime member of the Lodi Board of Education and serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey Finance and Resource Development committees. Nardino began his career at the Boys & Girls Club of Lodi 10 years ago. He has since implemented sound financial management, emphasized staff development and placed many controls over the various departments of the club. In 2008, the club changed its name to Lodi/Hackensack and began busing Hackensack kids to the Lodi facility. In 2009, Nardino secured secure a temporary site at Holy Trinity School in Hackensack. By fall 2010, Nardino struck a landmark deal with the Hackensack Housing Authority, which offered the club a permanent home at one of its complexes plus a $50,000 yearly contribution. This agreement gave the club a brand new building and the capacity to impact more youth in the city. Although Nardino’s successes at the club have been many, it hasn’t all been easy. Several years ago, a mysterious rash broke out among a large number of club members. The situation was so severe that the club had to be quarantined by the state, and no one was permitted to enter or exit.
BY JOHn BellOccHIO at loss or defeat clear whether watching the Giants in East When it came to bullying, Rutherford or the Yankees in some of us grew up in the era the Bronx. of “boys will be boys.” That That culture often carries era has come to an end. over into schools and is highly Teachers and administra- prevalent among youth. Ask tors throughout New Jersey any high school football playare now enforcing one of the er who takes the field on a nation’s toughest anti-bullying Friday night with an expected laws. We are now empowered victory and has to go to class to stop bullying where and on Monday morning sportwhen we see it with a legal ing only a loss. There may be mechanism behind us. With gentle ribbing or there may be great power, however, comes antagonistic cat calling from great responsibility. Misap- other students. When that plying the anti-bullying laws happens, teachers need to dein New Jersey can have grave cide quickly where the line is. consequences for all involved In New Jersey, what teachers and deprive everyone from often call the HIB Law – halearning valuable life lessons. rassment, intimidation, and Teachers are natural protec- bullying – makes punishment tors. We want to protect the pretty clear. But what about students in our care from any the act that according to the harm, be it external or internal. law should result in punishWe have chosen this profes- ment? sion because we desire to creThere are some cases that ate a world where anyone can require no discretion. When a thrive. Discretion, however, student is physically attacked, is a necessity. Harmful words, when a student is made so deeds, and physical acts have uncomfortable by another stuno place in our schools, but dent that he can’t attend class life lessons have an important without getting sick, when a place. Children need to learn student is driven to physical to deal with a certain degree of or mental discomfort are all adversity in their lives or they situations that demand an inwill never overcome adversity trinsic call to action to every as adults. teacher, administrator and The American culture is parent. But when a student one of overcoming adversity. is challenged on his record I think there is no question or even chided a little, is that that Americans love a win- bullying? I would say no. ner, and there’s a unique New It’s learning to deal with life. Jersey culture that supports Those of us who are beyond winning at all costs. New Jer- the high school age know that seyans make their displeasure the world is not always an ac-
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Michael Nardino director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack. In April 2007, a devastating Nor’easter hit the area. As the rain poured down, the club was ravaged by flooding from the Saddle River. The building was left in shambles, but Nardino was able to deal with insurance companies, FEMA, contractors and local officials. Within days, Nardino was able to re-establish the presence of the club. By the summer, the club was renovated. Then, in 2009, engineers put the building into emergency shut down. Due to water damage from that Nor’easter, all of the building’s main I beams were completely rotted and were not supporting the second or third floors. Simultaneously, asbestos was discovered above the ceiling tiles in the pool area, which, due to the humidity of the flooding, began to fall down. Nardino secured the funding necessary to repair the beams, and the asbestos was safely removed. In late August 2011, Hurricane Irene dumped several inches of rain on the area and flooded the club house. Nardino had contractors, sanitizers, insurance adjusters, inspectors, news reporters, federal, state and local officials at the club within hours. Yet, as the renovations were only beginning, Tropical Storm Lee filled the already swelled rivers. The club’s basement and parking lot were flooded again. The strength of these two storms caused unimaginable damages to the club, but Nardino worked tirelessly to get the club up and running again. He arranged for the young club members to temporarily use two local elementary schools’ afterschool programs, and, within two weeks, bingo was up and running again. Then Superstorm Sandy struck in October 2012, filling the Lodi club with water once again. Just as he had done in the past, Nardino fought back and rebuilt once again.
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Greenberg Wins Quarter Century Award
The New Jersey Association of Realtors presented Lawrence Greenberg, broker-associate with Vikki Healey Properties of Maywood, with the Quarter Century Club Award for 25 years of service to the profession, during the NJAR’s annual breakfast meeting on Sept. 26 at the Park Ridge Marriott. Greenberg, a leading realtor in Bergen County and the top sales associate in Hackensack, was awarded the NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award for 2012 earlier this year. This is the 27th consecutive year that Greenberg has been awarded the NJAR’s Circle of Excellence Sales Award. He is a lifetime member of the organization’s Distinguished Sales Club - awarded to realtors who have had made the Circle of Excellence for 10 years consecutively. Greenberg also ranks No. 2, according to NJMLS statistics, for total unit sales in Bergen County since 1990. “We are very proud of Larry and his recent induction into the NJAR’s Quarter Century Club,” said Victoria Healey, broker-owner of Vikki Healey Properties. “He is an outstanding broker, a leader in the industry, and a true asset to our team.” Greenberg is a lifelong resident of Bergen County where he currently resides in Oradell with his wife and daughter. He graduated cum laude from William Paterson Lawrence Greenberg University.
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