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 THE WEEK AHEAD: 10/28/10 issue

Things to Do

Thursday 10/28

• The North Arlington Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, an affiliate of the St. Barnabas Health Care System, will hold a “Lunch and Learn” program on Breast Health, Thursday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m. The free program is open to surrounding communities and will be held at the North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave., entrance at rear of building. Registration is required and a light lunch will be served. Call 201-955-5695.

• Rutherford High School PTSA will host its fourth-annual Comedy Night Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Rutherford Elks Lodge, 48 Ames Ave., Rutherford. Tickets are $40 per person and include a buffet dinner and show. The featured comics have performed at Bananas Comedy Club on HBO and Comedy Central. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tables of 10 are available but going quickly. No tickets will be sold at the door and no one under 21 will be admitted. Don’t miss out on a fun evening. All proceeds support the RHS PTSA scholarship fund. Contact Linda at 201-906-0907 and or Liz at 201-438-4346 and

Friday 10/29

• The Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council #3428 will hold its annual Past Grand Knight & Awards Dinner Friday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Council Hall located at 194 River Road (corner of Belmount and River Road). All are invited for a great evening of good food, good times and good friends as the Knights honor Past Grand Knight Nicholas Cerchio, as well as their fellow corporate organizations’ Colombian Club Member, Color Corpsman of the Year, Squire Youth, H.E.P. Member, & the Knight of the Year. Tickets are only $25 per person and can be obtained by calling the Council Hall at 201-991-9606.

• On Friday, Oct. 29, Red Wheelbarrow poet John Barrale will be featured at the group’s Last Friday reading at GainVille Cafe, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford, at 7 p.m. Barrale, a fine poet of great imagination and reach, will have a book of poetry published next year by White Chickens Press. He has been published by The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets and many other publications. The evening will also feature flamenco dancer, Sabrina Osso, who dances to raise recognition of domestic child violence and abuse ( There will also be an open mic with generous reading times. The $5 cover includes coffee/tea and cookie.

• The Academy at Saint Mary in Rutherford will hold its annual “Trunk or Treat” Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the church parking lot. Cost is $6 per child and includes “trunk or treating,” a hot dog and beverage. Call 201-933-8410.

Saturday 10/30

• A giant garage and tag sale will take place at the NJ Transit station parking lot at 540 New York Ave., Lyndhurst on Oct. 30 and 31. It is a fund-raiser for the Lyndhurst Methodist Church and Lyndhurst High School Giving Tree. Call 201-998-1144 for vendor tables and sponsorship opportunities.

• The North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad will hold its annual Halloween party for children 10 years and younger Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at the headquarters at 575 Schuyler Ave. Costume contest, games and light snacks will be provided. For more information, call 201-991-3307 or 201-997-4402.

• Rutherford Congregational Church, 251 Union Ave., invites all to a concert by Ensemble Counterpoint 21 on Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. The ensemble includes Danielle Vita, soprano; Linda Wetherill, flute; and Kristin Barone, piano. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The program includes “Birds of Umbria” by Carman Moore (American premiere), “Seven Early Love Songs” by George Rochberg, “The Stream Flows” by Bright Shene, as well as other selections. Light refreshments will be served.

• The Masonic Club of Lyndhurst, 316 Riverside Ave., presents its annual Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. The party is open to all ages. There will be great food, music, a costume contest and a few surprises. Come join Frankie and his Gang of Goblins for a screaming good time. Donation is $15 per person. Reservations are recommended. Call 201-933-1330.

• St. Jospeh’s Church in East Rutherford will celebrate a Mass of Remembrance for All Souls Day Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, located on Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, weather permitting. For more information, call 201-939-0457.

• Safe Night Out! returns to Rutherford Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A dance for seventh and eighth graders will be held at the ambulance corps building from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Costumes are not required but prizes will be given out to the top three. Admission to the dance is a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Rutherford Food Pantry.

Sunday 10/31

• Carlstadt’s Republican pre-election breakfast will be held Sunday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. Special guests: Councilmen Dave Stoltz and Rich Bartlett and the entire mayor and council. Location: Carlstadt American Legion, Third Street, Carlstadt.

• The Knights of Columbus Council 2396 will run a fifth Sunday Communion breakfast Sunday, Oct. 31, at Mt. Carmel Parish Center on Copeland Avenue. Scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, home fries, fruit cups, rolls, buns, juice, coffee and tea will be provided. Tickets are $6 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets call Sal Russo at 201-933-4316, Nick Garofolo at 201-935-5988, or Vince Briamonte at 201-933-9253.

Monday 11/01

• American Legion Alexander Stover Post #37, located at 222 River Road in North Arlington, will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Come join us. New members are welcome.

• Rutherford Community Blood Bank will sponsor its annual fall Donor Day Monday, Nov. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kip Center, 55 Kip Ave. just off Ames Avenue in Rutherford. Everyone who comes to the blood drive to donate will receive a T-shirt as a thank-you, courtesy of Community Blood Services. Pre-registration is not required, but to make an appointment or for more information call 201-251-3703. Sixteen-year-old donors should bring the completed permission form found at

• On Monday, Nov. 1, Park Avenue Toastmasters presents “Build Confidence By Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on at the Rutherford Borough Hall, 176 Park Ave., second floor. Guests are welcomed and attendance is free. For more information, contact Karen Seeman at 201-247-0556 or go to

Wednesday, 11/3

• Shop till you drop Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rutherford Elks Club, 48 Ames Ave., Rutherford. Raffles, cash bar and light fare. Admission is $5 or a new children’s blanket to benefit the “Michele Paci Blankets-4-Kids” and Tomorrows Children’s Fund at HUMC. Call Cathy at 201-310-5116 or Debbie at 201-906-2305.


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

Vendor tables

• The Rutherford Cooperative Day Nursery will host a holiday craft fair Nov. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is currently looking for vendors who wish to purchase a table. The tables are $20 for a 6-foot table and we are asking each vendor to donate a craft that will be raffled off to support the school. Call 201-438-0899 or e-mail for more info.

Clothes collections

• The Lyndhurst Library is once again collecting coats for the 1st Cerebral Palsy Center’s Coat Drive to help the homeless until the end of October. We are accepting new and gently used coats, jackets, blazers, sweaters and snowsuits in all sizes. The drop-off box is located at the main entrance of the library. Call 201-804-2478 ext. 7.

Coupon books

• The Lyndhurst Emblem Club #72 is selling 2011 Entertainment books for Bergen and Essex counties for $30. Call 201-939-7313.

• United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, Inc. in North Bergen is raising funds to support programs for the developmentally disabled by selling Entertainment books. The price is $30 for Monmouth, Bergen, Essex and Middlesex counties. Call 201-662-8120 or 551-265-3512 for more information.

• The Rutherford Cooperative Day Nursery will sell the Bergen-Passaic edition of the 2010-2011 Kidstuff Coupon Book through December. The book is $25 and provides discounts for numerous retail, dining and leisure establishments throughout northern New Jersey. Purchase books by calling the school at 201-438-0899.

Sports news

• The Knights will sponsor a Soccer Challenge for children between the ages of 10 and 14 as of Sept. 1. The challenge will be held at Zadroga Field on Schuyler Avenue between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Call Bob Rogan at 201-390-3359 for application and information.

Health news

• The Rutherford Health Department will conduct two seasonal influenza vaccination programs for residents. The program is only for residents 65 years of age and older and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Proof of age will be required and no one under 65 years of age will be vaccinated at this program. A second program will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., for all adult residents 18 years and older, especially high risk persons, household contact of high risk persons, health-care workers, those that provide essential community services and other adults who wish to decrease their risk of influenza. Seating is not available and those who have difficulty standing are encouraged to arrive one hour after the start of the program. No appointments are required for either program. Both programs will be held at the Rutherford Health Department, 184 Park Ave., Rutherford. Eight hundred doses of vaccine are available for the programs and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis until the supply is depleted. Residents 65 years of age and older are required to bring their Medicare ID card. Residents should contact the 24-hour hot line number during the first week of November to ensure all of the vaccine has been received. Call 201-460-3000 ext. 3154 to obtain more information on the clinics. Residents with other questions should call 201-460-3020.

• The Borough of East Rutherford will hold a seasonal flu clinic for residents Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the East Rutherford Civic Center (upper level) on Vreeland Avenue. Shots will be given to residents who are 65 and older and chronically ill residents between the age of 18 and 64. Those with a chronic illness must present a physician’s note and those 65 and older must bring a Medicare card. Shots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• The Wood-Ridge Board of Health will sponsor an influenza program Friday, Nov. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on 495 Highland Ave. Adults 65 and older are required to bring their Medicare card to receive immunization at no cost to them. Clients who are covered by an HMO (Managed care) should go to their medical provider or pay $25. The cost of the immunization is $25 for adults 18 and over. No appointment is necessary. Call the health department with questions on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon at 201-939-5066.

• People with diabetes are 25 to 30 times more likely to lose their sight from retinopathy cataracts or glaucoma. These are serious diseases that can be prevented or treated by getting annual eye exams. The North Arlington Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will host a Lunch and Learn Program, “Diabetes and Eye Care,” on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the North Arlington Health Department, entrance rear of building, 10 Beaver Ave., North Arlington. Featured will be ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Landolfi who will discuss how to be proactive in eye care. Landolfi will take questions on participants’ eye health concerns. This free program is open to surrounding communities. Lunch will be served. Registration is required. Call 201-955-5695.

• Blood donors participating in the East Rutherford 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 Thursday, Nov. 4 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. sponsored by the East Rutherford Blood Donors at the Civic Center on 37 Vreeland Ave. To schedule an appointment, please call Community Blood Services at 201-251-3703. All blood types are needed, especially Types O- and O+. Any healthy individual, age 17 through 75, and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature. All donors receive complimentary cholesterol and glucose screening with every blood donation.

• The Wallington Board of Health will hold a free rabies clinic Saturday, Nov. 6, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the DPW garage on 54 Hathaway St. Residents whose dogs or cats are due for a vaccination are urged to bring them for a rabies immunization. Please be advised that in order to obtain your dog or cat license in 2011, the expiration date of the rabies shot must be at least Nov. 1, 2011 or later. Residents are urged to check their pets’ records for this and next year. Revaccination is good for three years. First-time vaccinations are only good for one.

Wine tasting

• On Friday, Nov. 5, GainVille Learning Center and Make Wine With Us present a documentary screening of “Mondovino” (2004) at GainVille Cafe, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford, at 5:45 p.m. French appetizers and h’orderves include L’Isle de France salad, an elegant blend of smooth avocado and baby spinach sprinkled with brie cheese. A documentary on the impact of globalization on the world’s different wine regions. The $18 cover includes wine tasting, dinner and entertainment. Call 201-507-1800. Limited seating. $22 at the door. ( Wine samples include a selection of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Chardonnay plus surprise French dinner plate.

Religious news

• The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford now offers a monthly contemporary Christian service on the second Sunday of every month. The next service is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the chapel. The service features popular Christian music played by young musicians from the local area. All are welcome and invited. The chapel is located on East Passaic Avenue between Park Avenue and Ridge Road. Visit or call 201-438-3569.

• Sacred Heart Church in Lyndhurst will hold its annual parish communion breakfast on at 10 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, at the San Carlo Restaurant in Lyndhurst. Monsignor William J. Reilly, pastor of Holy Name Church in Garfield, will be the guest speaker. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $9 for children 12 years old and younger and will be sold after all weekend Masses. Tickets may be purchased at the parish rectory on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cut-off date is Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. Call 201-939-6680 with any questions.

Ticket offers

• 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. We welcome new members. 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.

Craft fair

• The Rutherford Cooperative Day Nursery will host a holiday craft fair on Nov. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Parish House at 32 Ridge Road in Rutherford. Multiple crafters will display their unique, handmade items such as jewelry, one-of-a-kind gifts and much more. There will also be raffles and 50/50s. Admission is free.

Special dinners

• A pasta dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 12 at the North Arlington Senior Center, 10 Beaver Ave., North Arlington. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Dinner consists of pasta, meatballs, salad, homemade desserts, coffee and tea. No tickets sold at door. Call 201-998-9886. All proceeds will be donated to charities such as the North Arlington Fire Department, Queen of Peace and North Arlington high schools and many more. Call Dolores Loughlin at 201-998-9886.

• Fairleigh Dickinson University and representatives of each of the Giants Super Bowl championship teams are organizing a benefit sports dinner for Richard Fritzky and his family. The dinner will take place Monday, Nov. 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at FDU’s Rothman Center. The night will include autograph sessions and photo opportunities with the players, as well as silent and live auctions of New York Giants memorabilia. Money raised will go to the “Friends of Rich Fritzky” trust fund. Tickets are $60 per person. A table of 10 may be purchased for $500. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Nov. 1. For additional information, call 201-692-6514 or visit the Fritzky family site at

Senior news

• The Carlstadt Senior Club has a scheduled trip on Friday, Dec. 31, to see “Viva Las Vegas” at the Royal Manor in Garfield. For more information and reservations, call Rose Mozek at 201-438-9182.

Upcoming trips

• Travel with Marie is organizing a trip, from Oct. 29 -31, to the Italian Festival. Guests will stay at Villa Roma in New York. Tickets are $376 per person and include six meals, welcome party, San Gennaro Street Feast, Italian cooking classes, entertaining and many themed activities. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, a trip to see “The Addams Family” Broadway play will take place. Tickets are $145 per person and include orchestra seats and transportation. For more information, please call 973-256-0499.


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