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 THE WEEK AHEAD: 11/18/10 issue

Things to Do

Friday 11/19

• The Prospect Music Series (hosted at the Rutherford Congregational Church at the corner of Union Avenue and Prospect Place in Rutherford) offers a great way to end the week with jazz, folk and classical music presented by area artists. On Friday, Nov. 19, the Prospect Music Series presents Patricia Lazzara on flute and Yale Snyder on marimba. Lazzara has performed previously at the Prospect Music Series as part of the Uptown Flutes group that she has founded. In addition to her many awards and performances, which includes a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall with Uptown Flutes, Lazzara had the distinct honor of being the flute soloist for the papal visit to Giants Stadium in 1995. Snyder is an active percussionist and marimba soloist. He has performed master classes and recitals at various schools, libraries and community concert series throughout New Jersey and New York. This will be an evening of great musical sounds. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They are available at the door. Call 201-321-2756 for more information.

• The Lyndhurst Public Library’s Young Adult Department will host a “Cupcake Decoration Get Together” Friday, Nov. 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The program is open to grades six to nine. To register or for more information, call the library at 201-804-2478 ext. 4 or visit the YA department on the third floor. The library will provide the cupcakes and decorating supplies, so all you need to bring is your creativity.

• The Kearny High School Class Of 2011 Project Graduation will be the beneficiary of a night of National Wrestling Superstars all-star pro wrestling action on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:45 p.m. at the Kearny High School gym (336 Devon St., off Kearny Avenue, minutes from routes 21 and I-280), as NWS presents a huge fund-raiser event.

And “huge” is the best way to describe this card, which is topped off by a whole host of past and present TV wrestling legends, including former WWE and WCW star “America’s Hero” The Patriot, former WWE bad boy Salvatore Sincere, former ECW star and current TNA Wrestling star Stevie Richards, former ECW and WWE diva Dawn Marie and the icing on the cake, the former WWE star and towel-wearing gigolo himself, Val Venis.

Champions will abound in Kearny, as NWS Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Love Machine” Nicky Oceans, NWS Cruiserweight Champion Mighty Mikey Pacifica, NWS Tag-Team Champions The Jersey Shore Jocks (Mike Dennis and Chris D’Andrea) and WSU Spirit Champion Brittney Savage will all see action in the ring.

In addition, the 900-pound pair of behemoths known as The Nigerian Nightmares (Ma-Fu and Ga-Ga), undefeated in NWS for nearly two years, will be in Kearny, along with “Ring of Honor” TV star Rhett “The Threat” Titus, former WWE developmental star Pat Buck, Jumping Joey Janela, “Mr. Entertainment” J.D. Smoothie, and special guest manager Kearny gym teacher Jim Pickel, plus a whole lot more. Tickets are only $20 for ringside seats and $18 for bleachers, and are available at the following local outlets:

In Kearny: Mid-Realty, 572 Kearny Ave.; Barber On Duty, 96 Kearny Ave.; New Linden Deli, 90 Kearny Ave.; Kearny Coffee Shop, 419 Kearny Ave.

In Belleville: Starlight Tattoo, 472 Washington Ave.; Motorcycle Mall, 165 Washington Ave.; Rosebud’s Sweet Shop, 528 Jeralemon Ave.

In North Arlington: Press Start Video Games, 38 Ridge Road

Tickets are also available by calling the NWS box office at 732-888-1704. All major charge cards are accepted, and group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

• Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549 will hold a karaoke night Friday, Nov. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Come and join the fun. We are located at 527 Valley Brook Ave. Music is by Pete Spano. For more information, call 201-939-3080. The VFW hall is also available for rentals for outside affairs. Contact the above number for more information.

Saturday 11/20

• The Lyndhurst Elks Lodge #1505 will present charity ball “Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery” Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Come on down, enjoy the show, someone gets it and we have to find out who with audience participation. Tickets are $80 per couple, $45 per person, which includes the show, dancing, a roast beef dinner with baked potato, veggies, salad, dessert and refreshments. This is one of our biggest fund-raisers of the year. All proceeds will benefit our special children to attend Elks Camp Moore. For tickets and more information, please call Debbie Wood at 201-390-6820 or the lodge at 201-507-1505.

• Volunteers will collect frozen turkeys, non-perishable food and donations Saturday, Nov. 20 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at ShopRite of Lyndhurst, 540 New York Ave., Lyndhurst. The turkeys and other donations will help the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday meals to those in need, and to be there for those in need after the holidays.

• The Lyndhurst Masonic Club’s annual Harvest Moon Dinner Dance will take place Saturday, Nov. 20. Cocktail hour is at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Our annual Harvest Moon Dinner Dance is our biggest event of the year, and an event to remember. Sit-down filet mignon dinner with all the trimmings. Great food, great music and great entertainment. $35 per person. Reservations recommended. The Lyndhurst Masonic Club is located at 316 Riverside Ave. in Lyndhurst. For more information and reservations, call Ed Gasior at 973-768-4253 or e-mail Also, call the club at 201-933-1330.

Sunday 11/21

• “DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays” is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a separation or divorce. The seminar will be held Sunday, Nov. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, 31 Passaic Ave., Hasbrouck Heights. There is no charge for this event. The “Surviving the Holidays” seminar features practical suggestions, guidance and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, experts in divorce-related care and people who have experienced the holidays after separation or divorce. Topics to be discussed include “Why the Holidays Are Tough,” “What Emotions to Expect,” “How to Plan and Prepare,” “How to Handle Uncomfortable Situations” and “Using the Holidays to Help You Heal.”

Those who attend will receive a free book with more than 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival. Please call Joe Costello or Theresa Mondelo at 201-754-8001 for more information or to reserve a spot today. Refreshments will be served.

• ETI Institute: Are We Alone in the Universe? will be presented Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. We all wonder what’s out there, and astronomer Seth Shostak does it for a living. Hear about the latest research at the SETI Institute (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), whose mission is “to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.” $5/person; $4/members. Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Call 201-460-8300 or visit

Monday 11/22

• Rutherford Interfaith Council, Congregation Beth-El and local clergy will present a community Thanksgiving service Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth-El, 185 Montross Ave. Canned food, paper towels, toilet paper, cereal and money offerings for Rutherford Community Pantry, Inc. and local families in need will be collected. Coffee and fellowship to follow. For additional information, contact Rabbi Schuman at 201-438-4931.

Tuesday 11/23

• The East Rutherford Seniors will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. Blood pressure testing prior to meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas banquet scheduled for Dec. 9 at the Landmark. Members only, please confirm your attendance. A Dec. 1 senior bus trip to Atlantic City “Sounds of the Season” at the Tropicana Casino. Cost: $40 includes transportation, buffet and show. Non-members welcome. Call Barbara at 201-438-6595 or Ruth at 201-933-2684. Members please remember to support our local food pantry by bringing one or more items to every meeting.

• A Veterans Ward party will be held at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic. It will be sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John Faziola, in memory of Mrs. Faziola’s brother L/Cpl Frank Lopinto USMC, killed in action in Vietnam while loading wounded personnel into a medical helicopter. He was 19 years old. The party will also be in memory of Marilyn’s parents Eugene and Madelyn Lopinto. The party will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. For more information on how you can sponsor a Ward party, call Rehabilitation Chairman John Deveney at 201-438-2255.

Wednesday 11/24

• The Children’s Department of the East Rutherford Memorial Library will host a Thanksgiving craft and storytime program Wednesday, Nov. 24. The program will be for children in second through fourth grades. The program will start at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is requested, as space is limited, and priority will be given to East Rutherford residents. Call 201-939-3930 to register.


Library events

• The William E. Dermody Free Public Library, 420 Hackensack St., is offering a pass to the American Museum of Natural History. The pass is good for one family of two adults and up to four children. The borrower must be a Carlstadt resident, must have a valid library card and be over 18 years of age. Call 201-438-8866 or e-mail

Super Saver Bag

• The Rutherford Chamber of Commerce’s “Super Saver Bag” with more than $170 in coupons and fliers is now available for $10 a bag. Expiration date is Dec. 31, 2011. Participating members include A Doghouse Bakery ($5 groom service), AIS Kae Driving School ($25 off), All Clear Plumbing (10 percent off), Ames Computer (15 percent off), Correct Shoe Fitters (10 percent off), Dolin Insurance ($5 gift coupon), Lanni Appliance ($25 off over $399), Park Cleaners (10 percent off), Red Basil (15 percent off $30 purchase), Rutherford Animal Hospital (new client gift), Rutherford Pancake House (15 percent off), Saladworks (free drink), Station Square Liquor ($2 off $10 wine), Strategic Financial Group (1/2 hour consultation), The UPS Store ($15 off mailbox rental), Wallington — Rutherford Self Storage (10 percent off).

Bags are sold at these locations: A.W. Van Winkle *& Co., Country Whimsey (10 percent off), Goffins Hallmark ($2 off), The Leader and YMCA (free class). Visit for more information.

Blood drive

• Blood donors participating in the North Arlington Community Blood Drive in cooperation with Community Blood Services will help to ensure that the transfusion needs of area patients are met. The drive is being held Friday, Nov. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sponsored by K of C #3428 on River Road and Belmount Avenue. To schedule an appointment, please call Community Blood Services at 201-251-3703. All blood types are needed, especially types O- and O+.

• The Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #3428 will hold a blood drive Friday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., at the Council Hall located at 194 River Road, North Arlington.

A ‘Spectacular’ offer

• The holidays are just around the corner and that means it is almost time for the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” The Rutherford Recreation Department will run a trip to see the show on Dec. 14. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Recreation Department. Seats are first mezzanine at $60 per ticket, which includes bus transportation. Call 201-460-3015.

Best Foot Forward

• Members of Best Foot Forward Entertainment Troupe (a nonprofit corporation in East Rutherford) are professionals, semi-professionals and those who have a love for entertainment.

We are available to entertain for club and organizational events in addition to entertaining at assisted living centers, nursing homes and hospitals. New members welcome. Dance experience not necessary. Call 201-638-0239.


• The Lyndhurst Antlers #10 who are sponsored by the Lyndhurst Elks #1505 are seeking new members. Anyone aged 13-20 who is interested in community service, helping special children and veterans and wants to promote drug and alcohol awareness is welcome to join. The meetings are once a month at the Elks lodge at 251 Park Ave. The meetings are under adult supervision by Elks advisers. All hours can be added to community service requirements for high school and confirmation. Call Chris Brown at 201-438-1720 or the lodge at 201-507-1505.


• The Little Red Schoolhouse located on Riverside Avenue and Fern Avenue will open Sundays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Holiday events

• North Arlington Police Chief Louis Ghione and the North Arlington Police Department Crime Prevention and Community Relations Unit have announced they will once again be conducting their annual holiday toy drive. New unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the police department from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11. The toys will be distributed to area hospitals, local families and others in need.

• It’s that time of year again when the North Arlington Fire Department will escort Santa Claus through the streets of North Arlington in a grand parade. Every year Santa takes the time out of his busy schedule to stop by North Arlington on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to greet all of the boys and girls of the town.

This year, Santa will be asking a special favor of all of the children of North Arlington. In order to help the less fortunate of our community, Santa, the fire department and first aid squad will collect food for the Community Food Bank that is operated by Queen of Peace Church. This food bank operates throughout the year and is open to any resident that has a need for food in the community.

The parade will wind through the streets of the town between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Nov. 27. The parade will end at Fire Headquarters, 3 Legion Place, where Santa will take the time to listen as children present to him their wishes for Christmas.

If you would like to help Santa in this endeavor, he will be collecting any canned, boxed, or non-perishable food items that do not require refrigeration. There will be several trucks in the parade that will stop to collect any food items that you may wish to donate. You can also bring them to Fire Headquarters on the morning of Nov. 27 only.

•The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Rutherford’s (JWCR) 16th Annual Snack with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rutherford Elks Lodge (48 Ames Ave.). There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $9 per child and $7 per adult, and include a photo with Santa, crafts, snacks and stories. Seating is limited. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please mail your session request and a check payable to the JWCR to 291 Orient Way, Rutherford, NJ 07070 and please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for tickets to be mailed to you. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities. For further information on JWCR, check out

• On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m, St. Mary High School will once again hold its annual holiday craft and vendor fair at 64 Chestnut St., Rutherford. More than 35 vendors and crafts people will be there. Refreshments will be served and there are free gifts for the first 100 shoppers, so we invite everyone to join us. For inquiries, please call, Mary Ann Piazza at or by phone at 201-362-1053.

• The Wallington AARP Chapter #4115 will hold a Christmas party at the Fiesta on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $28. Call 201-733-2049 for more information. Non-members are welcome. Tickets are now available.

• The American Legion Post 139, Lyndhurst, is again proud to offer its “Shopping for Soldiers” campaign. Any soldier from Lyndhurst currently serving our country in an overseas venue may receive packages of essentials by calling Tom Witt at 201-933-4120 most weekdays between  11 a.m. and 2 p.m. We would also like to sponsor these brave young men and women as complimentary members into our Post 139.

• There will be a Christmas luncheon celebration at the Mountainside Inn, 509 Hazel St., Clifton, on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at noon. $18.95. Call 201-797-7777 for reservations.

• Breakfast with Santa Claus will be hosted by Park Row Hose Co. 203 on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the Wallington Civic Center, 24 Union Blvd. Adults are $6. Children under 12 are $4.

• The Township of Lyndhurst, Commissioner Robert Giangeruso and the Lyndhurst Fire Department will present “A Holiday in the Park,” featuring Joey Armino and the Family in “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” a holiday music show. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Town Hall Park, Delafield Avenue. Rain date is Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will include tree-lighting ceremony, arts and crafts, horse and wagon rides, DJ karaoke, Lyndhurst elementary and high school choir, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, trackless train ride, homemade zeppoles, variety of foods and apple cider. There will also be pictures with Santa and an ice skating rink.

• The Humane Society of Bergen County is asking for volunteers for holiday gift wrapping. The following dates and locations are available: Barnes & Noble, Route 17 South, Paramus — Tuesday, Dec. 7; Tuesday, Dec. 14; Saturday, Dec. 18; and Thursday, Dec. 23 (all dates from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.).

Barnes & Noble, Clifton Commons — Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24 from noon to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in helping us out we would really appreciate it. You can call 201-896-9300, which is the number for the Humane Society, to set up a date to help us wrap.

• The Academy at Saint Mary will host its 4th-annual “Bagels with Santa” Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  Price is $10 per family, which includes a picture with Santa, bagel and refreshments; our “Santa Shop” will also be open for all you shoppers. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event.  Any questions please call 201-933-8410.

• Up to and including Wednesday, Dec. 15, the home office of the Association of the Sons of Poland located at 333 Hackensack St., Carlstadt, will accept new and unwrapped toys for the Toys For Tots program. Hours for donations are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 27, the office will be open for donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other area events

• “World War II: Words & Music,” a one-hour presentation will move the spirit with true accounts from those who served during and lived through WWII. Men fought, loved, dreamed and died all over the world. The words are authentic. The music pays tribute to the courage and soul of a great generation. Light Refreshments to be served. The event will take place Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. For more information call 201-438-8866 or e-mail

• Registration is now open for Rutherford Recreation Department’s basketball and wrestling programs. Basketball is for all children in kindergarten to eighth grade and the fee is $35.

Wrestling is for children in second to eighth grade and the fee is $60, which includes a uniform deposit. For more information please call 201-460-3015.

• The North Arlington Knights of Columbus will host a bus trip Monday, Dec. 6 to Mt. Airy Casino. The initial cost is $30. Upon arrival at the casino you will receive $35 in slot play. We will meet at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall parking lot at 194 River Road, North Arlington. The bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. The bus will depart from Mt. Airy at 6 p.m. and arrive back at North Arlington at 7:30 p.m. Please bring Photo ID. For tickets, please contact Nicholas at 201-230-3428.

• Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington will sponsor a program titled “Healing the Broken Heart Seminar” on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Salle Center, our parish center at 200 Ridge Road in North Arlington.

The seminar will be led by members of the “Growing in Holiness Ministries” in Basking Ridge.

The seminar is designed to assist in spiritual healing of past hurts. If you feel separated from God, family members or friends and may be dealing with painful memories from past hurts, please participate in the day of prayer and reflection. Learn how to remove the pain of resentment, anger, rejection, lack of forgiveness, fear, shame and other memories without the need to discuss embarrassing details.  

The cost of the day is $15 per person if registering by Nov. 30. Late registrants must call the ministry office to confirm seating, cost $20/per person. Register with credit/debit card at or by phone (see below). By mail make check payable to “Growing in Holiness Ministries” and include name, address, e-mail and phone number. Mail to address as follows: Growing in Holiness Ministries, PO Box 244, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Queen of Peace Church is located 10 Franklin Place, North Arlington, and may be reached by calling 201-998-0700.

• The Board of Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford have partnered with Jersey Cares in support of its 15th-annual coat drive. New or “gently used” winter coats for men, women, children and infants may be dropped off with the church office through Dec. 15. Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  New Jersey Cares is a nonprofit organization that is part of the HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the nation helping individuals, churches and corporations answer the call to serve and create meaningful change in communities. The organization’s goal for 2010 is to distribute 50,000 warm coats to those in need in the State of New Jersey. For more information visit or The First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Ridge Road in Rutherford. For more information visit or call 201-438-3569.

• A grief recovery seminar will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 in St. Joseph’s Friary, 120 Hoboken Road, East Rutherford, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Our scheduled speakers will be the Rev. Zachary Elliott, O.F.M., and Patrick Lane, L.C.S.W. They will discuss how the holidays affect grief and bereavement. If you care to join us, call 201-438-6708 so we can plan for seating and refreshments.


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