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Hackensack Family Spared in Boston Bombing

BY JOY BELGIOVINE At 70 years old, Hackensack resident Dan Kirsch just wanted to run one more race, the 2013 Boston Marathon. Fulfilling that wish nearly cost him his life last month. Marathon training really takes such a toll on you, Kirsch said. I had told my wife that this years Boston Marathon would be the last marathon I would run. Kirsch, a practicing attorney in the city, developed a passion for the pave-

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The view of the Boston Marathon from the public library; and Dan Kirsch (at the right).

ment while on the track and field team at Hackensack High School. He picked up the sport again in his late

30s as a way to get back in shape and began running competitively. Kirsch
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Hackensack Plans Super Bowl, Hiring Part-Time Cops
BY MICHAEL COHEN AND JOY BELGIOVINE Looks like Super Bowl XLVIII is coming to Hackensack. During the Hackensack City Council meeting on April 23, members discussed creating events in Hackensack to coincide with Super Bowl week. The game is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Right now its something were talking about. We are waiting for more information about what they want to do, said City Manager Stephen Lo Iacono. Morristown and Montclair are already planning to hold their own Super Bowl experience events in their respective towns. Hackensack officials plan on attending a Big Game Expo at the Meadowlands later this month to learn more about such a big scale event and how to best organize it. Meanwhile, the board announced that 16 members of the citys fire and police departments would be honored by the 200 Club of Bergen County at its annual awards ceremony on May 16 at the Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck. The council also created the position of special police officer. Known as Class II officers, these part-timers will receive the same police and firearms training and carry the same authority as full-time officers, including the ability to carry a gun while on duty. The difference is that the Class II officers will be paid an hourly rate ranging between $15 and $20 an hour and will not receive benefits. Let me be crystal clear. Class II officers are not going to replace any of our full-time officers, explained Police Director Mike Mordaga. The goal is to simply utilize our full-time officers more effectively. By bringing in Class IIs, we can free up our full-time officers to focus on narcotics, street crime and investigative work. Mordaga said the Class II officers would primarily be used on detail assignments such as court room and school security, traffic and targeted area foot patrols. There are currently 111 full-time Hackensack police officers. Mordaga hopes to hire approximately 10 Class II officers, and resums are now being accepted. Individuals seeking Class II positions may already have had the proper

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training, working in a similar capacity for other local jurisdictions. For those needing training, there is an academy class set for June. In regular business, council members said that a parking issue has developed at Eileen Terrace. There is a disturbing trend of employees from nearby businesses using the spaces, which are intended for Photos Courtesy: Gail Vachon Hackensack residents using the bus system. New York Giant Kevin Boothe, graduates receiving certificates and the DARE class. I dont want to hurt any businesses, said At a time when many Flannelly, Bergen County school, Cornell University, Deputy Mayor Marlin schools are cutting programs Sheriff Michael Saudino and and eventually to the NFL. Boothe, a native of Queens, Townes. The council has to fill budgetary gaps, Ro- township and county governthen held up his right hand and yet to make a public rul- chelle Parks Midland School ment officials. showed the children his two ing on this situation. and the townships police This years keynote speaker Super Bowl rings. Finally, the council force are making every effort was Kevin Boothe, No. 77 on Programs like DARE amended its fee structure to keep the Drug Abuse Resis- the New York Giants. He said work, and I have these two for food establishments. In tance Education (DARE) pro- that 19 years ago, he had sat in a very similar school and gradrings to prove it. short, bakeries, confection- gram alive and well for fifth Essays on the merits of uated from DARE. He said it ery stores and delis, whose graders. the program and its positive gave him the confidence to initial renewal fee was During the schools annual benefits were read by Yanni withstand peer pressure and $200 will see the fee de- DARE graduation ceremony Leakas, Eleana Pardo and walk away from the influences crease to $100. Restaurants on April 25, the group of of drugs and alcohol. Boothe, Matthew Paddock. Finally, the will see a $100 decrease in 52 graduates was congratugraduates accepted certificates renewal of licenses as well lated by Principal Cara Hurd, 29, attributed his success to and sang My Mind is Mine. depending on the number DARE Officer Douglas Ar- staying focused on sports, which led him to a good of seats. Late fees of $50 endacs, Police Chief Robert will be charged on all license fees of $200 or less which are not renewed by March 1 of the license year. In addition, a $75 late fee gets tacked on if the license BY JULIANN WESTON vato as zoning and housing commander of American Legion Post 170, as member fee exceeds $200 and is not code official. renewed by March 1 of that The building department The way that the depart- of the Rochelle Park 9-11 license year. and its future was the focus ment is now, we have the op- Committee. The committee of the Rochelle Park Town- portunity to improve the ser- also approved a redevelopship Committees April 17 vices that we provide to our ment consulting contract for Heyer, Gruel & Associates. public meeting. residents. Valenzuela said. Volume 9 Issue 21 The members also authoFollowing the recent resDavidson agreed. ignation of Construction Our building depart- rized the hiring of directors Serving Hackensack, South Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park, Paramus, Code Official Richard Bo- ment is now going to be up and assistant directors for Teaneck, Teterboro and Little Ferry lan, Township Administrator to speed, he said. Were the Rochelle Park Recreation Robert Davidson and Com- now making what we had Summer Program. Writers Publisher Finally, Nicole Williams mitteeman Frank Valenzuela better, and Im very glad that Joy Belgiovine Gail Marie Zisa was named Rochelle Parks began working to restructure the committee thought about Michael Cohen Editor-in-Chief new librarian, a move Depthe building department and doing this and I look forward Kathleen Kane Lauren Zisa uty Mayor Jayme Ouellette fill vacant positions. With to working with our new dePatti McNamara was certain was right for the the help of newly-appointed partment. Art Director Elina Tarkazikis In addition to the building township. Construction Code Official Donald Hatcher Gail Vachon Shes young, shes viNicholas Melfi, the end result department appointments, Juliann Weston Deputy Editor brant and energetic and will resolutions were approved included Regina DeMott beMelody Travisano be bringing a bunch of good assigning Elizabeth Kroll as ing appointed as the technical Sales Managers things to the program. Im the tax search officer; Piazza assistant; long-time resident Karen Burke looking forward to her join& Associates as the affordAlbert Reiner as building inAvis LoVecchio ing the team. able housing administrative spector and property maintenance official; and John Ger- agent; and Robert Salvini,

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First Ward Patrolling Initiative

BY JOY BELGIOVINE The Hackensack Police Department has launched an initiative to rid the First Ward of petty crime and loitering by stepping up targeted foot patrols and helping the homeless get the help they need. The force has partnered with the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, the county police and sheriffs office, prosecutors office and neighboring police forces to assist the homeless, while making the streets of Hackensack safer for its residents. This is not just a Hackensack issue, Hackensack Police Director Mike Mordaga explained. This is a community problem and we are working collaboratively with these different groups to address it through the Quality of Life Initiative. The South Hackensack Board of Education will be applying for grant funds for children with disabilities. An important public meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Mordaga cited an overwhelming demand from both the local residents and business owners as the catalyst for this initiative, which addresses panhandling, loitering and crime. Our police are working closely with the Housing, Health and Human Services Center to help identify those truly in need, and get them the help they need in a human, compassionate way, he said. At the same time, our objective is to rid our streets of those engaging in any criminal activity. Targeted foot patrol officers will be assigned to the Quality of Life Initiative and will be specifically concentrating on certain areas. We are first focusing on Main Street, Hudson Street and Anderson Street. While homelessness is not just a Hackensack issue, it is more concentrated in the area since the countys only shelter is on South River Street. It is typically at its full capacity of 90, and there is often a wait list. During the winter months when more people are seeking shelter, the facility accommodates more than 100 people. We share a common vision to make sure people are not living on the streets or panhandling, said Julia Orlando, director, Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center. We are working with the police to make sure the homeless know they have a place to go and we are helping to educate the officers in how to best handle these situations, she said. We want those in need to know there is help available and when you have advocates willing to do this with a humanistic approach, it makes a difference. No one wants to see people living on the streets.

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Frank Albolino, Lara Rodriguez and Timothy Hoffman. BY MICHAEL COHEN A new era in the Hackensack Board of Education kicked off on April 22 with the swearing in of two new board members, Tim Hoffman and Lara Rodriguez, and the return of Frank Albolino, who starts his eighth term on the board. During the April 16 election, the trio won overwhelming support from the residents of Hackensack after running on a campaign to rid the board of its political strife once and for all. Hackensack Mayor Michael Melfi officially swore in all three before the official public meeting began at the high school. Today we end divisiveness and we will have a united board, Melfi said. Hoffman, the Hackensack High School Class of 2012 valedictorian, was elated to join the board. I want to thank the voters for getting us to this place. On the board I served as a student representative for two years, and I learned a lot about the board then, and I will use that experience now, Hoffman said. Hopefully we can get unity back. It looks like we have done that so far. Rodriguez, the mother of a 5-year-old, said it was the perfect time in her life to become involved in the citys education system. I felt it was a fantastic opportunity to get started on the ground running. I will never forget what got me here, which is my expressed dedication to the students, parents and staff of this school system. Hoffman, Albolino, and Rodriguez each earned more than 1,000 votes, thoroughly trouncing their competition - Rhonda William Bembry, an incumbent, running with Judith Carter and Lawrence Eisen. Trustee Clarissa Gilliam Gardner didnt seek reelection. The new board got right to work on new legislation, passing 35 agenda items suggested by Interim Superintendent Joseph Abate. However, Trustees Kevon Larkins and Carol Martinez either abstained or rejected a majority of the agenda items including the appointments of a board counsel, auditor and other positions. Albolino felt their rejections were unwarranted. The superintendent needs to be able to appoint in this system. We talked about this a year ago. This is nothing new, said Albolino, drawing loud applause from the crowd. Meanwhile, the new board is determined to hire a permanent superintendent, although no timetable was announced. The next Hackensack Board of Education meeting will be Monday. May 6 at 7:15 p.m. The board also announced that May 15 will be PTA Committee Night.

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Labrosse Contributor Fighting Downtown Redevelopment

A recent court victory by a city property owner, who contributes to Councilman John Labrosses campaign, has halted the redevelopment of a portion of the Main Street area. The city is now considering taking the case to the state Supreme Court. In 2007, the Hackensack City Council, which at that time included Michael Melfi, Marlin Townes, Karen Sasso and Jorge Meneses, spearheaded an attempt to clean up Main Street and specifically the properties immediately north of the Bergen County Court House, between Main and Moore streets. After numerous meetings, the Hackensack Planning Board, in conjunction with the council, declared the area in need of redevelopment. This prompted the owners of 62-64 Main St. and 59-61 Moore St. to file a lawsuit attempting to stop this redevelopment. The parties appeared before Judge Joseph Conte, who ruled in favor of the city, finding that the properties were in need of redevelopment. The property owners appealed. While waiting for the case to work its way through the system, one of the buildings partially collapsed last May. The city attempted to remove the remaining structure, but one of the principals who owns the building, Michael Monaghan, an attorney, filed an immediate application to stop removal of the building. The parties appeared in court on May 25, 2012, and a judge ordered the immediate demolition of the collapsed building. The attorneys for all parties argued in front of the Appellate Division on Feb. 27, 2013. On May 3, the appellate court reversed Contes decision because there was no specific finding of the term blight. Although the reversal wont halt the citys major redevelopment plans for the downtown area, nothing can be done to the stretch of land where the specific properties sit as well the land connecting them unless the city appeals to the New Jersey Supreme Court and is successful. Monaghan is a contributor to Labrosses campaign for council.

Ambulance Corps Blood Drive

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Sandy Reynolds and Jonathan Rios of Community Blood Services with Victor Campbell, a paramedic and HVAC member. The Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps is celebrating National Emergency Medical Services Week with a blood drive and open house at its headquarters, 205 State St., on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to tour the corps facility, the ambulances and fire trucks and meet emergency medical technicians and firefighters. There will be food, activities for children, and information on volunteering. Blood donors will receive a special gift. National EMS Week, May 19 to May 25, was established by the American College of Emergency Physicians and declared by President Gerald Ford in 1974. It serves to publicize safety in the community and to honor medical personnel dedicated to providing dayto-day lifesaving services. This years theme is EMS: One Mission. One Team.

Firefighters Heroism Applauded

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On April 11, Hackensack Firefighters Darren Oddo, Ronald Hellpap and Jose Portacio were presented Commendation Awards by the International Association of Fire Fighters for their actions at a fire at 265 Clinton Place on May 26, 2012. The men are credited with rescuing a Teaneck fire captain, who was injured when the rear roof of the building collapsed, trapping him inside. Pictured: Hackensack City Manager Steve Lo Iacono, Deputy Mayor Marlin Townes, Firefighters Jose Portacio, Ronald Hellpap and Darren Oddo with Fire Chief Thomas Freeman and IAFF Local 2081 President Michael Shiner.

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South Hackensack Welcomes Wine & Liquor Depot

BY PATTI MCNAMARA Luigi Bruno is no stranger to South Hackensack after having owned and operated Teggianos Restaurant for 27 years. Bruno, a 30-year resident of the township, loves his hometown and didnt want to leave when his business shuttered, so he decided to build his new venture on the same parcel of land. Wine & Liquor Depot opened its doors to the public, along with its neighbor, a 7-11 Store, at 310 Huyler St. with a grand opening celebration on May 2. Bruno said redeveloping Wine and Liquor Depot is a new concept, according to Bruno, offering winetastings and various food items including cheeses and meats flavored with wine imported from Italy. The store offers a full line of wine, liquor and beers. Along with the Italian delicacies, gift baskets are available, either readymade or personalized to your liking. The dcor is open and airy with a granite counter positioned in the center of the store and Assembly, made an appearance, along with her running mate, Foster Lowe. Romano presented the two businesses with commendations on behalf of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan. Romano said that Donovan welcomed the two new businesses on a county road and wished them well. Bruno was joined at the ceremonial ribbon cutting by Township Committeemen Gary Brugger and Walter Eckel Jr.

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Paul Junior, Wine Depot store manager, and his wife Della, Foster Lowe, Luigi Bruno, Lazaro Rodriguez and Lisa Gonzalez, Committeeman Walter Eckel, Rosina Romano and Committeeman Gary Brugger. and Paul Junior (at right) perusing the wines. the busy corner was good for the town and would hopefully bring more interest to South Hackensack. The new building has some of the latest and innovative green initiatives including LED lighting, ultra highefficiency HVAC equipment and the first green roof in Bergen County. The 1,800 square feet of living roof will assist with drain water control and produce oxygen. Additionally, about 20 new jobs have been brought to the community with the opening of these new retail stores.

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BY JOY BELGIOVINE Patient Immediate Care, with offices in Maywood and New Milford, combines the convenience of an urgent care facility with the personal attention of a family practice. Dr. Christopher Berberian, who opened the Maywood site a year ago and the New Milford office several months ago, is no stranger to the area or its residents. Berberian grew up in New Milford and attended St. Josephs Regional High School in Montvale. He went on to attend medical school abroad and completed his residency in Portland, Oregon. He moved back to the area just over a year ago, to be closer to his family (his father and three brothers are all doctors and his mother is a nurse). Berberian now lives in Mahwah with his wife and two children. Berberian has been practicing urgent care medicine since 2007 and likes the diverse nature of urgent care work. You never know whats coming through the door, skater. I wanted to come back to the community where I grew up and offer a quick and reliable alternative to a crowded

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

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Hundreds of local children gathered at the YMCA of Bergen County in Hackensack on April 20 for the annual Healthy Kids Day celebration. It was a day for 5- to 12-year-olds filled with sports, arts and crafts and learning was to stay healthy. and pop doctors office feel. Its also important to Berberian to give back and support the community. Patient Immediate Care is currently sponsoring a T-ball team in New Milford and the New Milford 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash in June. The Maywood office is located at 130A West Pleasant Ave., 201-820-4477. The New Milford office is located at 268 Main St., 201-523-9113. No appointment is necessary at either location and Maywood is open seven days a week, from 1 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. New Milford office hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most insurance plans are accepted.

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Shed Pounds, Not Flavor with Cos Mills Bakery BY JOY BELGIOVINE Modern Twist on Old Favorites
At 297 pounds, Frank Burke was finally ready to make a serious lifestyle change. He sought the advice and help of his brothers, Vince, a licensed doctor of physical therapy and certified personal trainer and president and owner of Infinity Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in Rochelle Park, and Bob, a New Jersey State Police trooper and a certified personal trainer. Burke began exercising five days a week with his brothers and a diet program, which consisted of two shakes a day and one sensible meal choice. I suggested to Frank that he have his one meal per day at Cos, Vince Burke said of the Hackensack eatery. He is a very busy business owner, so the convenience factor was perfect for him and he would choose to have a Cos meal four to five times per week. Cos now offers a special Lighter Side Menu that features low fat and low-calorie options. These include salads, chicken sandwiches, and hummus and veggie sandwiches. Now at 212 pounds, Frank Burke ran the New York City Half Marathon on March 17 and finished the race in 2 hours and 16 minutes at a 10.5-minute pace. Today, he is down to 203 pounds and has five more pounds to go before reaching his goal of losing 100 pounds in six months. I wanted to thank Cos for helping my brother achieve health and wellness, Vince Burke said. The slogan is, Life should be delicious, and we heartily agree. Cosi is located at 360 Essex BY JOY BELGIOVINE Master Baker John Cabrera knew exactly what he was getting into when he took over the reins at Mills Bakery in 2010. He started as a dishwasher at the Wood-Ridge shop at just 14 years old in 1998, the week before the busy Thanksgiving rush. Through high school, Cabrera learned the ins and outs of the bakery business, worked his way up and honed his skills as a baker. I was learning simple baking procedures like putting sprinkles on cookies and dipping doughnuts into chocolate, he said. By the time I graduated, I moved into cake decorating and baking all items in the store. I really fell in love with the business. He attained an associates degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and landed a position of head baker at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. After working at the Mirage for two years, Cabrera found himself missing his family and friends back home, and as luck would have it, there was an opportunity to buy Mills Bakery. Cabrera is now proud

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John Cabrera to say that he is the owner of a town landmark which has been in business since 1920. Mills Bakery has earned a reputation for its old-school desserts such as pecan rings, crumb cake, apple turnovers and butter cookies. Many customers come in and love that they can get the same doughnuts and coffee cakes that they got here years earlier, Cabrera said. We use the same recipes that have been used for almost 90 years and use only the freshest ingredients, all made from scratch. Along with the classic favorites, Cabrera has added some modern sweets such as cake pops and cupcake cakes to the menu. Cabrera also delights in creating unique, specialty cakes for all occasions. We can create custom cakes for any event, big or small, at very reasonable prices, Cabrera said. Diane Heade, Cabreras mother, is in charge of sales, I dont know where his artistic talent comes from, but customers e-mail him a picture and he can recreate it or draw freehand on cake. One of Cabreras creations the Ball & Chain Cake was featured on TLCs Say Yes To The Dress: Big Bliss. In June, Mills will hold its annual customer appreciation day where the staff distributes free samples. Mills Bakery is located at 275 Valley Blvd. in WoodRidge (201-438-7690). For more information, visit

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With Mothers Day soon approaching, we polled the matriarchs here at The County Seat to see what tops their Moms Day wish lists this year. Take note husbands and children: We may say that being a mom is already enough of a gift, but we are lying. Avis, a sales manager and mom to Justin and Savannah, just wants a little escape. I would love some time away with just my husband and kids, even simply sneaking off to lunch and the movies one afternoon, she said. With the hectic, hustle and bustle of everyday life, work and other commitments, a little escape is just what we moms need. Gail, the newspapers publisher and mom to Lauren, Christine and Greg, wants to get her hands dirty. I love receiving flowers to plant, she said. This time of year makes for the perfect planting season, so its ideal to get my annuals and have my kids and grandchildren help me plant them in my yard. Joy, an editorial, assistant and mom to Julia, Sofia and Isabella, would love a day away from the kitchen. I want to be treated to a wonderful, peaceful meal that I had no part in preparing, cooking or cleaning up, she said. If you plan on taking mom out on Mothers Day, make sure you make reservations. Often, restaurants are booked up way in advance, especially for brunch or dinner. Lauren, The County Seats editor-in-chief, and mom to Alex and Talina, isnt asking for much. I would give anything to sleep in, she laughed. A day of pampering, including a nice relaxing massage, may help mom feel refreshed and rested (especially for those moms with young children who like to keep them up at night). Karen, a sales manager and mom to Scott, Jeffrey
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On June 6, the Upper Main Alliance will host its fourth annual Hackensack Business Expo on the outdoor terrace at Court Plaza, 25 Main St., from 5 to 9 pm. This years theme is Breaking Ground Main Street. This event is a mainstay in the Bergen County business community with dozens of sponsoring businesses showcasing their services, local restaurants providing tastings of their signature dishes and business owners networking together to spur the local economy. Guests come together for one evening all while sampling wine and listening to live music. Each year in attendance are representatives from various city departments including police, fire, building, health, tax and zoning. This year the focus is on the various real estate, marketing, social media and entrepreneurial advantages offered through the Upper Main Alliance, the expo sponsors and their partners. Coming on the heels of last years expo that focused on the rehabilitation of Main Street, which will revitalize the citys downtown district, this years expo is dedicated to the myriad of growth opportunities that exist and that are coming to the Hackensack area. Sponsorship is still available and limited to companies that offer Business to Business services. To reserve your space or for more information call Eric Anderson, owner of Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group and an Upper Main Alliance board member, 201-343-6640 or e-mail eanderson@ There is no cost to attend but advanced registration is suggested by emailing info@uppermain. org or calling 201-4981690.

Hearing Aids: Improving Life

For nearly 40 million Americans, hearing loss is part of life. Most frequently, it results from repeat exposure to loud noises such as music at concerts, nightclubs, sporting events, crowded restaurants, loud workplaces, and so on. In many ways, hearing loss is the unintended byproduct of life fully lived. But when ignored and left unaddressed, hearing loss robs from life. It isolates. It debilitates and it diminishes quality of life. It even takes a toll on fiscal wellbeing by cutting into earnings potential. Perhaps most notable, unaddressed hearing loss creates barriers and unnecessarily strains to even the best of relationships. But it doesnt have to. The overwhelming majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users say theyre satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life. Todays Hearing Aids High-performance technology and style have merged with durability and ease of use when it comes to todays hearing aids. The options are so varied there is an attractive solution for just about anyone. Many of todays hearing aids allow users to hear from all directions, in all sorts of sound environments, and even underwater. They are digital, wireless, can connect directly to a smart phone or television and can be as discreet or as visible as one desires. Designers offer styles for the fashion conscious, the trendsetter, the partygoer, the intellectual, the active sports enthusiast, the cautious grandmother, the romantic, the weekend warrior, and even the guy just tired of arguing with his wife and kids about the volume on the TV. Simply, todays hearing aids throw away old world notions about hiding a condition as common as hearing loss. Whether they sit discreetly inside the ear canal, or wrap aesthetically around the contour of the outer ear like the latest fashion accessory, todays high-performance hearing aids amplify life. They unabashedly send the message: Im too young and full of life to stop doing the things I love best. Signs of Hearing Loss If you think you or someone you care about is struggling with unaddressed hearing loss, ask yourself these questions: Do you seem to have trouble hearing on the telephone? Is it more difficult for you to follow conversations when two or more people are talking at the same time? Do you keep turning up the TV or radio? Do you sometimes miss a telephone ring or doorbell? Do you seem more irritated or tired at big family or social gatherings? If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, its time to take that first step toward regaining the reins on life. Make an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional, and take charge of your hearing loss. For more information and a free hearing test and consultation call Beltone in Hackensack at 201-3438181.

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Young Maywood Leaders Sought

The Maywood Recreation Department is sponsoring Youth in Government Day in October and is now accepting applications for participants. The program is designed to allow high school students to act as members of local government for a day. This is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn first hand the operations of municipal government. Over the years, this program has generated great interest in the boroughs young adults as many of them have gone on to pursue involvement in various community organizations. Applications are available for pick up at the Maywood Recreation Department, 15 Park Ave., third floor, and must be returned by May 31. All applicants must be Maywood residents. For additional information, contact Recreation Director Lisa Schieli at maywoodrecreation@ or 201-8452900 ext. 208.

Turners Tricks Amaze Maywood Tots

Maywood preschool children recently enjoyed spending time with Turner, a therapy dog, and his owner, Russ. The kids were able to pet Turner, learn about the special service he provides and watch him perform some amazing tricks.

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Experts Applaud Main Street Plan

The City of Hackensack was invited to accept an Achievement in Planning Award from New Jersey Planning Officials for its Main Street rehabilitation plan at the organizations annual awards dinner at the Woodbridge Hilton on May 3. Every year, NJPO recognizes projects both large and small that reflect good sense in planning, dedicated individuals whose planning efforts result in an enhanced quality of life, agencies on every level of government generating model approaches to planning and organizations and initiatives that promote the ideals of sound planning. This award is recognition that the rehabilitation plan is working, said Mayor Michael Melfi. We are currently at the defining moment of the plan, and I am pleased to report that redevelopment is moving forward in Hackensack. The Main Street area plan encompasses 163 acres on 39 city blocks and 389 individual properties. The goal is to provide opportunities for new mixed-use urban development that will create an authentic downtown environment, which will once again become the cultural and economic heart of Bergen County. We have put a lot of time, energy and focus into creating the rehabilitation plan, and I am sure New Jersey Planning Officials noticed this in our submitted materials, said City Manager Stephen Lo Iacono. It is the attention to detail that communicates the citys strong commitment to transform the downtown area of Hackensack into a walkable, livable and sustainable urban environment, guaranteeing that no stone has been left unturned in our plans.

Hackensack Realtor Expands

Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group, a leading real estate brokerage firm based in Hackensack, celebrated the grand opening of its newest office in Hudson County at 840 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, with a red carpet charity event on April 17. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy was given the honor of cutting the ribbon, officially welcoming Alexander Anderson to the city. Were proud to welcome another boutique business to Jersey City. Small businesses are the backbone of the country, Healy said. Almost 80 percent of the jobs in this area are from small businesses. Welcome to Jersey City, Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group, and well do anything we can do to help you be successful - as long as it doesnt cost the taxpayers anything, he joked, earning applause and laughs from the crowd. Members of Congress and the Jersey City City Council also attended the event

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Corrado Belgiovine, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Eric Anderson and David Ayala. along with community leaders and business owners from throughout Hudson County. Guests toured the new offices, learned about Alexander Andersons mission to help the community and small businesses grow, and explored the new properties available in the area. The event benefitted the St. Baldricks Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for lifesaving childhood cancer research. It is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. In addition to donations from the event, Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group will be donating a percentage of the agencys commission derived from its listing sales during April, May, and June. Radio personality Joe Bartlett of The WOR Morning Show and a supporter of the St. Baldricks Foundation, was also in attendance to collect donations.

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Buttafuoco Earns Piccolo Award at Annual Memorial Dinner

Photo Courtesy: Gail Vachon

The children of Hackensack city employees watch as a firefighter dons his gear.
Photo Courtesy: Rommy Buttafuoco

Hackensacks municipal employees participated in the annual Take your Daughters and Sons to work day on April 25. The kids kicked off the day with breakfast at the M & M building and a tour of the Hackensack Police Department where the jail cells proved to be one of the experiences highlights. The children

then toured the Hackensack Fire Department where they stopped by the control room where 9-11 calls are fielded. The guests learned what happens when a fire call is received and enjoyed seeing the firefighters slide down the pole, don roughly 100 pounds of heavy fire gear and jump aboard a fire truck headed to an emer-

gency. The children toured rescue trucks, fire engines, ladder trucks, rescue boats and the firefighters living quarters including kitchen, dining and living rooms. Following lunch, the group toured the fire departments smoke house and spent the rest of the day observing their parents at work.

Michelle Buttafuoco and her family. In honor of her athletic and academic achievements, Michelle Buttafuoco, a senior at Hackensack High School and field hockey captain, was presented the Brian Piccolo Award on April 9 by the Hackensack Chapter of UNICO. She accepted the award at the annual Brian Piccolo Memorial Dinner held at the Venetian in Garfield. The award is presented each year to a student of Italian heritage in the memory of Louis Brian Piccolo, a member of the Chicago Bears football team for four years, who died of embryonal cell carcinoma at the age of 26. Piccolo was known for his determination and big heart, both on and off of the field. UNICOs District 7, comprised of Garfield, Hackensack, Kearny, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Nutley and Saddle Brook, selects a high school student from each municipality to honor each year.

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Coccia Named Woman of the Year

Gonzalez, Courtney Announce Engagement

Sergio and Grace Gonzalez and William and Denise Courtney of Rochelle Park are very happy to announce the engagement of their children, Devin Gonzalez and Megan Courtney. Devin and Megan are 1998 graduates of Midland School in Rochelle Park and 2002 graduates of Hackensack High school. Devin graduated from William Paterson University in 2007. The couple will exchange

Photo Courtesy: Grace Gonzalez

Megan Courtney and Devin Gonzalez vows before family and friends in July in Mexicos Riviera Maya.

Photo Courtesy: Federation of Italian American Societies of New Jersey

Elisa Coccia (second from left) with her son, Jonathan, daughter-in-law, Jamie, and granddaughter Milania BY JOY BELGIOVINE Hackensack Tax Collector Elisa Coccia accepted the Woman of the Year Award from the Federation of Italian American Societies of New Jersey during a ceremony on April 20. As her friends and family, including 10-monthold granddaughter Milania, looked on, Coccia was applauded for her dedication to the Coccia Foundation, which was founded in 1994 by her parents, Elda and Cavaliere Joseph Coccia Jr. The organization supports educational and cultural events in the Italian and Italian-American community. I am humbled to have been nominated by the Federation of Italian American Societies of New Jersey to be their Woman of the Year at their 80th anniversary, Coccia said. My parents have always spoken so highly of the federation and I thank them for this honor. With our dedicated trustees, members and committees, along with my brother and sisters, I know that Coccia Foundation will continue to thrive and make my parents proud. My dad passed away in January and its such a privilege to continue my parents legacy. I am accepting this award on behalf of them. They are the reason I am here. Coccias father officially named her as his successor as president of the Coccia Foundation last September. Since then, Coccia has been extremely active in the foundations academic arm The Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute at Montclair State University - where she serves as a member of the board of advisors. The Coccia Foundation recently hosted an Italian Language and Culture Day at Montclair where roughly 400 middle and high school students and educators of Italian descent packed University Hall to perform skits in Italian and compete for awards. Additionally, Coccia has implemented and expanded the student award program which recognizes students in kindergarten through grade 12, who have excelled in studying the Italian language. She was also instrumental in bringing Italian language studies to the Saddle Brook public school system two years ago. While most schools are cutting programs due to budget constraints, we were able to implement an Italian language program, she said.




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Rochelle Park Swim Club

As the Jersey Shore recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Rochelle Park Swim Club invites North Jerseyans to check out the facilities The club, located at 1 Lotz Lane (just behind the fire department), is a family-friendly private club accepting membership applications from residents of all towns. The swim club opens Memorial Day weekend, all weekends in June and full time starting June 26. For more information or to tour the facility, call 201-843-1859.

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Bergen PAL Hosts Karate Championships

Civil Service Employees Demand Fairness

Photo Courtesy: Juliann Weston

Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, third from right, joined civil service employees on State Street.
Photo Courtesy: Laura Knipping

Students compete in the Bergen County Police Athletic League Karate championship. BY LAURA KNIPPING Drawing martial arts enthusiasts of all ages to compete against one another, the Bergen County Police Athletic League hosted its first ever statewide karate championships at River Dell High School, Oradell, on April 28. There wasnt an empty seat in the gymnasium where more than 1,200 fans came to support competitors representing 15 martial arts schools. Eight different rings were set up to allow multiple competitions to go on at once. The 325 competitors, who ranged in age from 4 to 16, were judged on kata (form), kumite (fighting) and kubudo (weapons). Ninety of the Bergen PALs karate students competed this day, bringing home dozens of trophies including 31 representing first place. Sensei Larry Barr, who leads the PALs Hackensackbased karate program, organized the tournament with the assistance of helpers. There was a great feeling of community with everyone who volunteered, he said. Barr was joined by his wife, Debbie, his daughter, Serena, who recited the pledge of allegiance, and singer Sherma Andrews, who Barr describes as the voice of the PAL who helped set the tone for the day. For it being the first tournament ever hosted by the Bergen PAL, all agreed that the level of karate skills displayed at the event was impressive. Barr said this was the first of more to come. I wanted to raise the level of competition for the kids and get to know the rest of the martial arts community, Barr said. When it comes to winning or losing, Barr offered his students one valuable piece of advice. Win or lose you go back to your dojo (school) and keep training.

BY JULIANN WESTON State Assemblywoman Connie Wagner joined forces with the Communications Workers of America Local 1037 in a rally outside the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development building on State Street in Hackensack on May 1 to send a clear message to Gov. Chris Christie: Hands off civil service! According to CWA rep Mauro Camporeale, the state Civil Service Commission held only one public hearing in the middle of the work day on April 10 - in central New Jersey in a room he described as capable of accommodating a maximum of 25 people to discuss 90 pages of proposed changes to civil service regulations. Those changes will affect tens of thousands of working families across New Jersey. Camporeale said Christie is trying to use a rule change process to get changes to civil service in an attempt to try and

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Sheehan Named Top Student

bypass the legislature. CWA is demanding more accessible public hearings held across the state during evening hours so that workers may contribute their suggestions. CWA argues that the proposed changes will lead to political patronage, favoritism and nepotism when handling employee promotions. It would give managers the freedom to hire and promote people at their sole discretion instead of keeping the current system whereby workers take tests to prove their qualifications and skills for promotions. That was an obvious attempt to stop public participation and get public input, Camporeale said of the meeting. The proposed changes include removing veterans preference from the civil service hiring lists. Camporeale said veterans who return from overseas deployment usually seek public service jobs because they see it as a natural extension to their mil-

itary service. State, municipal, and county governments currently give preference to veterans. At the rally, horns beeped in support of the rousing troop of CWA members who marched up and down the block with picket signs held high. Wagner, a Democrat representing District 38, was right alongside of them. Its May 1, Workers Rights Day, and its fitting that they would hold a rally on this day. We dont want politicians involved in civil service jobs, she said. My office gets several calls a day asking me if I can help them get jobs. Thats not my job. Im not an employment agency. What this will do for veterans is unconscionable. So Im here to say I support you. I need to have people with good skills and good paying jobs. Thats how we get this economy going. Not by destroying something thats been working.

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Photo Courtesy: Hackensack Police Department

The Youth Police Academy graduates for 2013. The Hackensack Police Department held its 13 th annual Youth Police Academy the week of April 8 to coincide with the public schools spring break. Middle school-aged participants learned about the different facets of emergency services while visiting or being visited by the Bergen County Police Academy, Hackensack Fire Department, Bergen County Sheriffs Office and Hackensack University Medical Center. They also were introduced to the martial arts. The last evening they were honored at a graduation ceremony. This years commanding officer was Lt. Jaime Barrios.

South Hackensack Chief School Administrator William DeFabiis selected seventh grader Kayla Sheehan as student of the third marking period. Kayla has received high honors, meaning all As, on her report card all three marking periods. Kayla is a member of the Memorial School soccer and basketball teams.
Photo Courtesy: William DeFabiis

A Willow for DeFabiis

Making Music at the Mall

Photos Courtesy: Avis LoVecchio

South Hackensack Mayor Frank Cagas, William DeFabiis, Beverly DeFabiis and Committeemen Walter Eckel and Gary Brugger; and Beverly DeFabiis, William DeFabiis, and her parents, Marie DAmico and James DAmico. The Township of South Hackensack planted a tree on Arbor Day to honor William DeFabiis, the retiring chief school administrator, for his 23 years of service to the community. Memorial School students and staffers joined members of the township committee and DeFabiis family and friends to plant the weeping willow on the school grounds on April 26. In return, DeFabiis, his wife, Beverly, and her parents, the DAmicos, dedicated a dogwood tree to the township. It was planted in the schools center courtyard. DeFabiis will retire from the school district at the end of the school year and will remain on the staff at Rutgers University where he serves as an adjunct professor.

Jackson Avenue Celebrates Arbor Day

Jackson Avenue School of Hackensack hosted the citys annual Arbor Day celebration on April 25. The students and school staff planted a Legacy Tree in honor of all the retired teachers of the Hackensack schools for their tireless efforts in helping our children grow and reach new limits. Lorelei Kaminsky, chairwoman of the Hackensack Shade Tree Committee, organized the event, which was attended by Deputy Mayor Marlin Townes, Councilwoman Karen Sasso City Manager Steve Lo Iacono, Principal Andrea Oates-Parchment and school board Trustee Frank Albolino. Hackensack was recently named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 21st year Hackensack has earned the national designation Hackensack achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the programs four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day ob-

Photos Courtesy: Hackensack Public Schools

Hackensack public school students making music at the mall. The Hackensack Board of Education participated in Music in Our Schools at the Bergen Town Center on April 3, 4 and 5. Chorus and band members from every school in the public school district participated in this annual national program. Leading the Hackensack High School performers were teachers Julie Platte and Lisa MacVicar. Hackensack Middle School was led by Matthew Anderson, Michael MacVicar and Christopher Martin; Fanny Meyer Hillers, Roseann Stuetz and Christopher Martin; Fairmount School, Jessica Davila and Vincent Cutro; and Parker School, Diana Gross and Vincent Cutro; Jackson Avenue School, Donna Fuscaldo and Vincent Cutro. Fuscaldo coordinated the event in collaboration with the malls director, Terry Bereheiko. A Hackensack Education Foundation mini-grant and the Bergen Town Center funded the event. The student performances served as a reminder that music plays an integral part in student achievement. Research reveals that music plays a significant role in improving brain function, school attitudes, attendance, test scores, academic success, social success, empathy acquisition and overall student well-being.

Photo Courtesy: Jesse DAmore

Deputy Mayor Marlin Townes, Councilwoman Karen Sasso, Board of Education Trustee Frank Albolino, Shade Tree Chairwoman Lorelei Kaminsky and Principal Andrea Oates-Parchment with the Legacy Tree. servance and proclamation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Hackensack make smart investments in urban forests, said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits. Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities. The ceremony culminated a week-long Earth Day celebration at Jackson Avenue including a poster contest.

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Baseball Fever No Match for Sandy Rochelle Park Dads BY MICHAEL COHEN Field of Dreams
Hurricane Sandy packed a big punch to the state last fall, but one thing the storm didnt do is crack Jerseyans spirit. No better example is the dedication by the City of Hackensack to rebuild the citys baseball fields at Foschini Park. On April 20, the city rededicated the fields on the 63rd annual opening day for Hackensack Baseball, as 270 kids from aged 7 to 12 lined up in anxious anticipation to start the 2013 season. This is one of my favorite days of the year, said Mayor Michael Melfi, who ceremoniously threw out the first pitch. This is one of the greatest baseball facilities available to its citizens and a great place to invest our money. The city rebuilt the fields after they were flooded by the hurricane through grant money. Through the rebuilding process, officials were able to construct another regulationsized field that can host even more baseball games. The town began work on the field right after the hurricane in November, and worked through the winter to get the field back into shape, said Hackensack Baseball Chairman Jaime

Photo Courtesy: Michael Cohen

Mayor Michael Melfi helps Jaime Canal rededicate fields at Foscini Park for the 2013 season. Canal. With the new field, I can now put 10-years-olds and even high school kids on that field. This is perfect. Now we can really execute our plans to host a Memorial Day weekend tournament this year. We are expecting 100 teams from across the tri-state area to participate. For the coaches and players, they are just happy to be back on the field for another season. Coach Juniol Santana was busy getting his 12U players ready to open up the season as he coordinated one last scrimmage before they took the field. Ive been doing this for 12 years, and I have played in the minors and I wanted to share it with the kids, said Santana, who played in the Little League World Series in 1982 for the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. I want them to play with the same love for the game that I had growing up. Santanas assistant coach, Paul Bello, explained that coaching for Hackensack Baseball isnt just about showing up. Everyone wants to coach, but you got to know something about this game of baseball, said Bello. We teach the kids that if you do well in school this is your reward. We arent just trying to teach them baseball. We are trying to bring them up on sportsmanship, fun and learning. The 20 teams that comprise Hackensack Baseball are sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

Photo Courtesy: Michael Cohen

Rochelle Parks young baseball players hit the field for the first time this season. BY MICHAEL COHEN If you believe in the love of the game and the purity of the sport of baseball that begins with a father and son playing catch you can still find it on a baseball field behind the Harley Davidson shop on Essex Street in Rochelle Park. Matthews Field has served the community of Rochelle Park for 41 years, building up relationships and memories for the citizens of the small community. On Saturday, April 13 the field once again hosted opening day ceremonies for Rochelle Park Baseball. The collection of local dads and granddads who comprise the baseball committee were busy at work preparing the field as early as 6 a.m., as a rainstorm had passed through the area overnight. But hard work is nothing new for this crew whose members spend hours after work and on weekends maintaining the field and coaching T-ball to the eldest 12U players. They dont mind and even their wives love it for the families of Rochelle Park maintaining this field and one at Midland School is a rite of passage. I remembered a speech given by George Romney at my college during graduation, and he spoke about volunteerism that stuck with me, said Rochelle Park Baseball President Steven Every, whose is responsible for racking the dirt and painting both home plate and the pitchers mound. Weve spent countless hours out here, sometimes four to six hours in a weekend. Rochelle Park Baseball Vice President Jon Pallouras said baseball season is anticipated by the parents and players all year. We spent a month and a half getting this field ready for the season. It took between 15 and 20 dads to get this field right. Its just a group of dads who are doing it for their kids. Rochelle Park Baseball is home to 120 kids from Rochelle Park as well as some from Maywood and Hackensack. The group is not affiliated with a little league, and the money it earns through fundraising goes toward uniforms and equipment. However, the township has partnered with the league to keep the field insured and chips in whenever the men ask for funds to maintain it. These guys do a great job, said Committeeman Frank Valenzuela. Every year it gets better and better. This is a great community we have here. Paul Maldonado, head coach of the 7- and 8-yearold boys baseball team, wouldnt trade his hours at the field for anything. Its a lot of work, but its awesome. We have to prep the field at least once a week. To me its all about getting involved in the community. Opening day was also a chance to reflect back and recognize the patriarch of Rochelle Park Baseball, Joey Connors. Connors has coached baseball in Rochelle Park for 50 years and taught most of these dads how to play. I love Rochelle Park, said Connors. To me, this is my Yankees Stadium. I never played on this field. I played in the Pit. It was pure baseball, a hole in the ground. I loved it. Fittingly, Connors had the honor of throwing out the seasons first pitch. I know him from my volunteer work here at Rochelle Park, Pallouras said of Connors. Hes a local hero. I didnt get to play for him, but if I did, I would have been honored.

Ready to Play Ball

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Photo Courtesy: Dolph Haug

Al Daeschler, a long-time Paramus Little League coach and manager, recently inspected the banners on the outfield fence at Midland Field in preparation for another season of baseball.

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Baseball of Hackensack kicked off its spring season on April 20 with an opening day ceremony at Foschini Park attended by members of the 20 participating teams, city and recreation leaders, school board members and the league organizers. Mayor Michael Melfi threw the first pitch to Deputy Mayor Marlin Townes and the season was officially underway. A plaque was unveiled and dedicated as part of the ceremony. The plaque heralded the refurbishing of Foschini Park and was signed by current council members Mayor Michael Melfi, Deputy Mayor Marlin Townes, Councilwoman Karen Sasso, Councilman Jorge Meneses and Councilman John Labrosse.

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Community Calendar
AT THE LIBRARIES JOHNSON LIBRARY Library closed: May 27 GALLERY AND CASES: East Jersey Trout Unlimited for fly fishing, conservation, healing waters and casting for recovery. 0 May 15 at 6:30 p.m. Online funding platform for all kinds of creative projects, from films, games music and art to design and technology. Five local, successful fundraisers will lead a seminar on how they raised money for their own projects, and how anyone with a great idea and a little ambition and creativity can kick start their passions into profitable projects and careers. Pre-register at 201-343-4169 ext. 35. WILDFLOWERS OF NEW JERSEY with Nancy Bistrow from New Jersey Skylands Botanical Gardens. On May 16 at 2 p.m. Pre-registration required. DRAWING AND PAINTING CONTEST for children ages 5 15 years old. May 18 from 9:30 a.m. noon. Sponsored by ICAL, the Cultural Institute of Latin American Art. Free registration and materials. Awards on June 1 at 7 p.m. Work will be exhibited at the VII Latin American Art Exhibition. ICAL ART EXHIBIT June 1 July 27 for Latin American Cultural Expression. DEATH BY POWERPOINT May 23 at 7 p.m. Come learn about alternative ways to spruce up your presentations and wow your audiences. Pre-registration required. TECHNOLOGY PETTING ZOO iPads and other mobile devices on loan from New Jersey State Library for 60 days. Library staff will be on hand to demonstrate their use and answer questions. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY June 4, at 7 p.m. with Betsy Coyne. CHAIR YOGA June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 3 p.m. A gentle yoga class for adults of any age and ability. BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP May 18 at 10 a.m. at Javas Brewin. The book will be The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Call 201-343-4781. JUST THE FACTS: A NON-FICTION ONLY BOOK CLUB held May 25 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room. The book will be Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu. To register call Kathy at 201-343-4169 ext. 22. TEEN BOOKS FOR ADULT READERS June 1, at 2 p.m. First discussion title is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. July 6 will be Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Aug. 3, If I Stay by Gayle Forman. INSPECT YOUR GADGET May 9, 16, 23, 30. Every Thursday morning from 11 12 p.m. for smart phones, tablets, nooks, kindle and more. Bring the device and the manual and they will help you use your devise more efficiently. Hackensack residents only. FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES May 17, at 1:30 p.m. Call the library for film information. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE Wednesday from 10 11 a.m. To lose weight and get healthier with Nancy Ellson, RN. SUMMER READING SIGN UP PARTY All students in grades 7 12 in the fall of 2013 are invited to sign up for our reading program. This years programs include Zombie Prom, Bowling Trip, Minute to Win it, Games, Movie Themed Scavenger Hunt, Hyperactive Trivia, Murder Mystery Party, Survivor and more. PRESCHOOL STORYHOURS For ages 3 and up on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. MOTHER GOOSE TIME for children under 3 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration required. SPECIAL NEEDS STORY HOUR May 18 at 9:15 a.m. Pre-registration required. MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB May 13 at 3:30 p.m. For grades 1 3. Preregistration required. ARTS AND CRAFTS May 23 at 3:30 p.m. for a seasonal craft. For grades 2 and up. Pre-registration required. LEGO DAY May 22 at 2:30 p.m. for grades 2 and up. Pre-registration required. THERAPY DOG May 24 at 3:30 p.m. for kids up to grade 6. No pre-registration required. TECH TIME May 9, 16 for grades 3 5. Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Must attend both sessions. Pre-registration required. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE for individual assistance or tutoring with one of the librarians. Hackensack residents only. Call 201-343-4169 ext. 22. CHESS CLUB May 6, 20 at 3:30 p.m. for anyone wanting to learn how to play chess. For beginners and intermediates. Pre-registration required. SATURDAY MOVIES at 2 p.m. Call the library for details. TEEN TUESDAYS May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4 from 3:15 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. For grades 7 12 only. Internet and board games plus video games voted by you each week. May, 14, 21. Bring your library card and/or permission slip for Internet access. LEARN ENGLISH OR SPANISH USING ROSETTA STONE for Hackensack residents only. Ages 14 and up. By appointment only. Call 201-3434169 ext. 34 or e-mail. COMPUTER AND ESL WORKSHOP May 18 at 10 a.m. Learn beginner computer skills and English as well. ESL AND ENGLISH CONVERSATION waiting list names now being taken for upcoming class for Hackensack residents only. FREEGAL, FREADING AND VIDEO GAMES offers free music, free new e-books and video games available from the Web site. Also borrow a Kindle. Contact Catherine FolkPushee for complete information. Borrow a Kindle offered to Hackensack members. Library Board Meeting Dates 2013 May 14, June 11, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10. Meetings will take place at 274 Main Street 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. MAYWOOD LIBRARY GALLERY SUNDAY MOVIES at 2 p.m. Presented by the Maywood Recreation Department. All are welcome. ULTIMATE ECLECTIC EXPERIENCE music with Matt Daniel, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. LES PAUL/MARY FORD TRIBUTE CONCERT with Tom Doyle and Sandy Cory on May 14 at 7 p.m. WWII COFFEE AND DISCUSSION Joseph Deluccia discussing Mission Diary of 35 missions that crew members wrote. May 15 at 1 p.m. TEEN TALENT SHOW CONTEST May 18 at 1:30 p.m. sponsored by Maywood Dance Center, School of Rock and Maywood Karate. For ages 12 18. Win free lessons from various schools. Sign up required by May 7. A CLASSICAL PIANO CONCERT AND LECTURE Performed by Carolyn Enger on May 19 at 2 p.m. MAS EXHIBIT RECEPTION May 20 at 5:30 p.m. GIFT A BOOK FUNDRAISER dedicate and donate Childrens/Young Adult books. All books are $5. Each patron 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 check out to Maywood residents with valid library card. PIANO KEYBOARDING on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. noon. Register at the front desk. YOGA SATURDAYS May 7, 21 Free one-hour beginner classes for ages 16 and older on Saturdays and on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Must be 16 and up. Registration required. EVENING SCRAPBOOK CLUB May 13, meets for the basics of scrapbooking from 6 7 p.m. with Stephanie Rogers to create your own scrapbook. Register at the front desk. AFTERNOON SCRAPBOOK CLUB May 7, 21 meets for the basics of scrapbooking at noon with Stephanie Rogers to create your own scrapbook. Register at the front desk. DROP-IN SCRAPBOOKING DAY on the second Sunday of each month from 2 4 p.m. Bring your own pictures and supplies. The library has scissors and paper. 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. Walk-in session on May 30 at 10:30 a.m. ADULT BOOK CLUB second Friday of the month May 10 at 11 a.m. Reading The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Book title, schedule and registration available at the front desk. Book club is led by Louise Feulner. CIRCLE TIME on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 2 2:45 p.m. for toddlers through 6 years old with parents or caregivers. ARTS AND CRAFTS Marbleizing a Scarf for Mothers Day on May 7 at 3:30 p.m. BILINGUAL STORY TIME on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The library is looking for parents to read picture books aloud in their native language. Call Jenna at the library if interested. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM on Tuesdays from 3 6 p.m. Grades 2 8 welcome. Registration required at the front desk or with Jenna. If school is closed the program is canceled. Open to Maywood residents. VAST FOREIGN COLLECTION to accommodate the 38 percent of residents in Bergen County who speak a language other than English. Come visit the library and explore the books and DVDs on hand and to request additional language books, ask a staff member at the library. YOUNG ADULT EXHIBITORS 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 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. HEALTH SERIES presented by the Paramus Board of Health and the Paramus Library on May 22 at 7 p.m. Concerned about Someones Mental Wellness? PROTECTING YOUR TREES AND SHRUBS FROM HUNGRY DEER May 8 at 7 p.m. presented by Borst Landscaping. STORYTIMES: for Paramus residents at Main Branch: Little Bookworms for birth -18 months with caregiver Tuesdays at 10 -10:45 a.m. Teeny Time for ages 18 - 30 months with caregiver, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Tell Me a Story for ages 2.5 3.5 with caregiver on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3.5 5 on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:15. Reid Branch: Tell Me a Story for ages 2 3.5 with caregiver on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3.5 5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at four different times. Registration required on all. AFTERSCHOOL ADVENTURES for grades K-4 on Thursdays from 4 4:45 p.m. Register for the entire season. STORYTIME AT REID Tell Me a Story for ages 2 3 with caregiver on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Picture Book Parade for ages 3 5 on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Friday at 10:30 a.m. 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 201-599-1305. Main Library at 116 E. Century Rd. Monday Thursday, 9:30 a.m. 9 p.m. - Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 5 p.m. The Reid Branch at 239 W. Midland Ave. Monday 1 9 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Call 201-599-1300 or visit AT THE RIVERKEEPER ECO-CRUISES, PADDLING CENTER AND RIVER CLEANUPS Open EcoCruises from now Oct. 13. $25/adults, $10/kids 4 12. Paddling Center open weekends now - Oct. 28. Canoe and kayak rentals ($25 per paddler w/a two paddler minimum for guided paddles. Full Moon paddles $30/per paddler, $15/paddlers with their own boats. Private group paddles also available. River cleanups from now Oct. 20. Visit Web site for dates and times. Bird walks, indoor presentations also available. Visit For information, call 201-968-0808/ecocruises and 201-920-4746/Paddle Center or visit AT FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER FLAT ROCK BROOK DINNER AND AUCTION May 9, held at the Englewood Field Club. $150. Call 201-567-1265 or visit NATURE IN TRANSITION Vision through Painting and Photography, May 10 12 at the Nature Center. Reception on May 11. NATURE DAY May 19, with many activities including the exhibit, A Walk in the Woods. Flat Rock is located off Route 4 at 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood. Call 201-567-1265 or visit ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Every Other Sunday ORADELL Open Mic Night: Poetry and Live Acoustic Music presented by Cool Beans Caf, 304 Kinderkamack Rd. from 7 closing. Sign up at 7 p.m. House PA and piano available. After-hours jam session TBA. $3/cover. Call 201-634-1400. Currently LEONIA 12th Annual Playwrights Showcase accepting scripts for 10- to 30-minute short plays that are technically simple with minimal scenery. The performances will be held at the Civil War Theater, 130 Grand Ave. from June 28 30. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m. Submissions to The Players Guild of Leonia, P.O. Box 13, Leonia NJ 07605. Visit Through May 23 TEANECK Ten Years of Nature Photography presented by the Puffins Camera Club at the Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays Thursdays noon 4 p.m. Call 201-836-3499. Through June 2 ORADELL Boeing, Boeing presented by the Bergen County Players at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. For dates and times visit or call 201848-5009. May 10 - 12 FAIR LAWN 39 Steps presented by Skyline Theatre Company at the George Frey Center for the Arts at the Fair Lawn Community Center. $28/adults, $20/seniors, $18/ students. Call 800-474-1299 or visit May 11 TEANECK Soy Sefarde: A Concert Celebrating the Jews of Spain presented by the Puffin Cultural Forum at 20 Puffin Way at 8 p.m. $10. Call 201-836-3499 or visit May 16 PARAMUS An Evening with Kitty Kelley presented by Bergen Community College at the Ciccone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. $25/ in advance, $30/at the door. Call 201-4897006 or visit May 17 RUTHERFORD A Springtime Cabaret presented by the Rutherford Theatre Company had to be rescheduled to May 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting mdoconnor@ May 15 Aug. 11 NEWARK The Art of Translation: The Simon Ottenberg Gift of Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Art at the Newark Museum. Visit May 18 TEANECK Good Morning Anita Hillwith Deb Margolin presented by the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, at 8 p.m. $10. Call 201-836-3499 or visit puffinculturalforum. org. May 18 TEANECK An Evening of Violin and Orchestral Music presented by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 1315 Taft Rd., at 8:30 p.m. $25/adults, $20/seniors, Students $10. Call 201-837-1980 or visit May 27 ROCHELLE PARK Mt. Rushmores Presidential Portraits held at the American Legion Post 170, 33 W. Passaic St. from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. This project will benefit the USOs Operation Enduring Care. Suggested donation $2. Call 201-843-9683 or visit May 31 June 16 LEONIA Later Life presented by the Players Club of Leonia at The Civil War Drill Theatre, 130 Grand Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Visit or call 201-947-9606. June 1 FAIR LAWN Red Molly with the Copper Ponies at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St. at 8 p.m. $22/members, $25/non-members. Visit or call 201384-1325. June 1 TEANECK Teaneck Community Chorus Choral Festival at Teaneck High School, Elizabeth Ave. at 8 p.m. $17 - $12 and students $5. June 13 HASBROUCK HEIGHTS A Comedy Night for Steven Monahan presented by the Friends of Steven Monahan at Bananas Comedy Club, Holiday Inn, 283 Route 17 South at 5:30 p.m. with showtime at 7 p.m. $30. Light fare available for purchase, cash bar. E-mail BUSINESS AND NETWORKING Every Thursday HACKENSACK Hackensack Rotary Club meets at Rudys, 107 Anderson St. Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Focus on community service and information through weekly programs. Visit Contact Amanda Missey, membership chairwoman, at 201-281-8587 or Every Thursday MAYWOOD Maywood Rotary Club meets at Maywood Inn for lunch on Thursdays. May 18, MRC Annual 5K Run/Walk at Memorial Park at 9 a.m. June 7, Feed the Hungry at HHMC, 120 River Street, Hackensack. Deliver stew by 3 p.m. Servers at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, MRC/Len Rubins 59th annual golf outing at Spook Rock Country Club, Ramapo, NY. Sept. 26-27, Zerbinis Family Circus. Call 201-843-8763. Every Wednesday TEANECK Teaneck Rotary Club meets for lunch at Vitales, 293 Queen Anne Rd., at noon. Cost of lunch only, kosher meals available in advance. Visit Web site for guest speakers. 201-843-2169. HACKENSACK Business Volunteer Council Events Fifth Fridays at Stony Hill Inn: May 31 from 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. subject, Rebuilding and Restoring after Hurricane Sandy, and Nov. 22. Night at the Races, July 19 at Meadowlands Racetrack from 6 10 p.m. Bergen County Golf Classic, July 29 at Ridgewood Country Club. Bergen Bike Tour at Darlington Park September 2013. $35/registration fee. For information on all events call 201-489-9454 or visit or HACKENSACK Regional Chamber of Commerce May 16, Membership Breakfast. June 6, Casino Night with the Community Resource Council. Sept. 18, Golf Outing. Sept. 29, Chamber Gala at Stony Hill Inn. Call 201-880-1898. 201-489-3700 or visit MEADOWLANDS Meadowlands Regional Chamber May 9, MLCVB Hospitality Awards Dinner. May 10, Small Business Council Open Meeting. May 21, Multi Chamber Cruise.

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Slam Dunking the Junk

Teachers Reach Tentative Deal

The Hackensack Education Association, the labor union representing the teachers and teachers aides of the citys public school system, has reached a tentative contract settlement with the school board. During a three-hour negotiation session on May 2, the unions representatives and the trustees reached a deal. That settlement is expected to be approved following a vote by the union members this month. The school board may vote to ratify the contract at its May 20 meeting. Although he could not divulge any financial details

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Hackensack Girl Scout Troops 94416 and 95173. They received a $300 state grant for participating in the event and will use it to purchase uniforms. BY MICHAEL COHEN It was a city united on April 27 when Hackensack residents and businesses joined forces at the annual Slam Dunk the Junk event commemorating Earth Week. The popular event began as a project for the public schools science classes by Charlotte Panny back in 1991 and has become an annual rite of passage for the entire community. This has become a great way to give back to the people who participate in this event, Panny said. We have groups who are looking to raise money for their own cause, and by keeping Hackensack clean, we can help them in return. The clean-up was carried out by 15 different volunteer groups. Loaded with garbage bags, shovels, gloves and rakes, the groups headed out to their assignments. Steering Out Alcohol Responsibility, known as SOAR, had a very interesting goal in mind for their clean-up duties: collect all alcohol-related trash. This is the second time we are doing this, said Jamie England, SOAR advisor, whose group was busy cleaning up the sidewalks from Javas Brewin to the Elks Club on Main Street. We did it in the fall, and our kids found a lot of alcohol-related trash on the sidewalks. We will be keeping track of how many bottles we find today. Other participants included volunteers from New Mercy Community Church, who cleaned up American Legion Drive; St. Anthony of Padua Church parishioners, Hudson Street and south of Essex around the church; Girl Scouts, who worked on Baldwin and Polifly parks; Boy Scout Troop 5, Johnson Park and the Riverwalk; Fairleigh Dickinson University Green Team; and the Hackensack High School Green Club, which cleaned up the surrounding areas of the school and Beech Street. Our kids clean up the school a few times a year, said Meghan Azzaro, a high school environmental science teacher, who brought a team of 10 students from the Green Club. They picked up debris in the parking lot and tennis courts and tended to the plants around the building. Its amazing what you find, Azzaro added. Its nice to come out here on a Saturday afternoon and keep the school looking good. Our kids also get an opportunity to put in plants and care for them. Meanwhile, Rochelle Park and Hackensack Boy Scouts joined forces to clean up Staib and Johnson parks. There was plenty for them to do. The area around the river at Johnson Park was full of liter, from paper and plastic bags to soda bottles. Parents and the kids were busy picking up the trash and cutting back underbrush. Were really excited about this, said Kim Gullpa of the Rochelle Park Cub Scouts. We did this last year and we couldnt wait to do it again. Our kids will earn their environmental badges.

about the tentative contract, Richard Salkin, the school boards attorney, said he was glad the negotiations were successful. Discussions had become heated over the past three months but the tone changed once the school elections of last month changed the boards dynamic. We sat down and our meeting was more conducive than in the past, he said. We were never far away on the issues any way. Salkin said the proposed deal is good for three years beginning retroactively to July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

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Hackensack Family Spared

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On April 25, Hackensack Board of Education Trustee Kevon Larkins was arrested outside of Hackensack High School on an outstanding warrant. According to Capt. Thomas Salcedo, South Brunswick police alerted Hackensack of an active arrest warrant for Larkins, 35. The warrant was issued by the municipal court for failure to appear on a traffic ticket. Salcedo also said that Larkins has an active warrant from Jersey City, stemming from outstanding traffic summons. Larkins was arrested by Hackensack police last February following a domestic dispute.

earned the title of 2012 USA Track & Field New Jersey Long Distance Running Grand Prix Champion in the 70 to 74 age group. On April 15, Kirsch was ready for his last hurrah. He had completed 25 and a half miles and was about a half mile away from crossing the finish line when the first bomb went off. Everyone just stopped and starting jamming up, he said. We didnt know what was happening. My wife, daughter and son-in-law were all watching the race on the balcony of the Boston Public Library near the finish line. I was frantic to find out if they were ok. The cell phones didnt work. Kirsch said one of the other runners helped him send a text to his wife to let her know he was alright. She was able to text him back and confirmed everyone was fine. People along the way were so kind, offering up blankets, jackets, water, support and comfort. Kirsch said. A Boston University student volunteered to accompany him to meet up with his family. About an hour later, the Kirsch family was reunited. Although the library was closed for Patriots Day, Kirschs daughter, who

works for the library, was able to use the balcony that day. It was a beautiful day. Everyone was cheering on the runners and it was such an accomplishment, seeing those first runners crossing the finish line, said Kirschs wife, Laura. Then the beautiful day was just shattered. The balcony was right across from the first blast. I threw myself on top of my daughter and then the second bomb went off. The window behind the family was blown after being hit by shrapnel. I never saw so much blood and carnage, Laura Kirsch said. This was the worst experience I ever had. This senseless wonton destruction for no reason. Yet, among the chaos and ruin, Laura Kirsch witnessed so many willing to rush to the aid of those in need. I cant say enough about the bystanders who jumped in to help and the first responders, they were just amazing, said Laura Kirsch, also a practicing attorney based in Hackensack and a member of the citys library board. Dan Kirsch was also deeply moved by the camaraderie in the midst of tragedy. Every time we saw a po-

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liceman, fireman or EMT on the street, we would just go up to them and say thank you for being so brave, he said. God bless those first responders who rushed in. Everyone they got to the hospital lived and is now out of critical condition. The next day, runners were allowed back near the site to pick up their belongings. We went down to Newbury Street and it was so eerie to see it completely deserted, Dan Kirsch said. Just imagine Fifth Avenue in New York being completely desolate. Kirsch, an active member of the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce, retrieved his bag and was handed a finishers medal. I said I didnt finish, and they told me that it wasnt my fault that I couldnt complete the race, Kirsch recalled. I dont like to take an award I didnt earn, but I wanted to show that they hadnt stopped me or any of us. When a local reporter then asked Kirsch if he planned on running the marathon next year, he broke down and cried. We cant let them think they scared us away, he said. We have to come back.

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May 22, The Big Game Experience. May 30, ELN Bowling for a Cause. June 9, Meadowlands Heart Walk. May 17, 38th annual Golf Classic. Visit meadowlands. org. CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN Mondays HACKENSACK Citizenship Classes at the Johnson Library from 10 11 a.m. Call 201-3434169 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 May 14, 17 PARAMUS NJ Boating Safety Certificate with classes available at the Paramus Rescue Squad, 48 Carlough Drive, on May 14, 17 from 6 9:30 p.m. Must attend both classes to be certified. $75. Fee includes books, materials, test and NJ State Police and NASBLA certifications. The law requires all boaters aged 13 and older to have a certificate. Call 201-291-5976 or visit May 20 TEANECK Puffin Acting Workshop Surviving Love, Death and Getting Sacked, taught by Elyse Knight at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, at 7 p.m. Registration recommended. Free. Call 201-836-3499 or visit puffinculturalforum. org. LECTURES AND INFORMATION Through May NEW JERSEY Recycle and Win by recycling an old refrigerator win a $500 prepaid debit card. New Jersey residents who participate in the free program will not only enjoy complimentary home pickup of a old energy inefficient refrigerator or freezer along with a $50 incentive check, but will also be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of four $500 prepaid debit cards. This is part of the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, call 877870-3520 or visit REFRIGERATOR. May 11 LIVINGSTON Workshop for Parents of Children with Disabilities presented by the Alliance for Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey at the Eisenhower Conference Center from 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Focus on Apple technology for independent learning. Free event. Visit May 16 EAST RUTHERFORD Healthy Living Forum held at the East Rutherford Civic Center from 7 9 p.m. Free admission, food and continuing education units. RSVP to 201-955-5300 ext. 18. May 18 HACKENSACK Blood Drive and Open House sponsored by Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps, at headquarters, 205 State St., from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. National EMS Week. The public is invited to tour the facility on May 19, see ambulances and fire trucks and meet EMS and firefighters. Food, activities for children and information about volunteering. Visit hackensackVAC/ EMS-Week/. May 24 PARAMUS High Blood Pressure Screening for Paramus residents at borough hall from 9:30 11 a.m. Call 201-265-2100 ext. 755. ORGANIZATIONS Tuesdays MAYWOOD The Garden State Ski Club meets at the Maywood Inn, 122 W. Pleasant Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Discounted lift tickets and access to a GSSC ski house in Vermont. Year-round activities including tennis, golf, biking, hiking and social events. Visit for information and a list of the activities. 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 welcomed 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 fifth Wednesday if applicable. All other Wednesdays for widowed only. Newcomers are welcome. Call 973-7729078. First Tuesday LITTLE FERRY Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 809 meeting held at 100 Main St. at 8 p.m. Visit 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 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 Third Sunday ROCHELLE PARK Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by the American Legion Post 170, 33 W. Passaic St. $4/adults, under 10/free. Held from 8 11:30. Call 201-843-9683 or visit MAYWOOD Electronic Bingo in addition to paper bingo and pull tabs for instant wins at Our Lady Queen Of Peace, 400 Maywood Ave. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. doors open at 5:30 p.m. Breaks for smokers. Coffee, soda, food and snacks are sold. 201-8459566. First Wednesday RIDGEWOOD North Jersey Depression Glass Club held at a new location, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place at 7 p.m. Call 973-838-2419. May 8 ENGLEWOOD Out of the Shadows: Exposing Stigma presented by the Family Support Organization of Bergen County at Dwight Morrow High School, 274 Knickerbocker Rd. from 6 9 p.m. Call 201-796-6209 ext. 102 or visit May 16 TEANECK J. Fletcher Creamer Sr. 27th Annual Valor Luncheon presented by the 200 Club of Bergen County at the Marriott Glenpointe. $70. Call 201-229-0600. May 18 TEANECK Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performances held at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 1315 Taft Rd. Adults/$25, Seniors/$20, Students/$10. or call 201-8371980. May 19 PARAMUS Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Bergen Community College. Sponsorships available. Call 609-228-7350 or visit May 20 GARFIELD Culinary Adventure presented by CBHCare Foundation at the Venetian at 6 p.m. Raffle and gift baskets. Visit cbhcare. com. May 29 GARFIELD CarePlus Foundation 15th Annual Courage Awards Gala held at the Venetian. For tickets visit or call 201-9865070. June 2 BOGOTA 16th Annual Step Up for the Arc held by the Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties at Olsen Park on West Main Street. Sponsorships available. Call 201-34230322 ext. 2273 or visit acrbergenpassaic. org. June 3 GLEN RIDGE 13th Annual Charity Golf Outing presented by the Meadowlands Area YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at Glen Ridge Country Club. Call 201-955-5300 ext. 31 or visit June 6 HACKENSACK Casino Night presented by the Community Resource Council at CareOne at Wellington at 5:30 p.m. Tricky Tray. Must be 21 or older. $45. Call 201-3434900. June 6 WOOD-RIDGE Fifth Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser presented by the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club held at the Fiesta, Route 17, at 6:30 p.m. Benefits the Gift of Life Child Scholarship and local charities. Tricky Tray and 50/50. Call 551-206-7568 or 201-445-0893. June 13 CLIFTON BCC Golf Classic held at Upper Montclair Country Club with registration and breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 11 a.m. and reception and awards at 4 p.m. $500/golfer, $125/grand reception and awards. Call 201-447-7117. RECREATION AND CAMPS Tuesdays MAYWOOD Mah Jongg for new or experienced players offered at the Maywood Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1 3 p.m. Call 201-845-2900 ext. July August HACKENSACK Free Summer Dance Camps presented by the Center for Dance Education, 84 Euclid Ave. July 29 Aug. 9, Summer Stars for Girls. Aug. 12 23, Summer Stars for Boys. July 29 Aug. 22, Summer Moves for Teens. Call 201-342-2989 or visit June August RUTHERFORD Summer camp presented by the Meadowlands Area YMCA. Kiddie Kamp ages 3 5. Youth Summer camp for ages 5 11 and Teen Travel Camp for ages 11 15. Specialty Camps include Musical Theatre Camp and Science Discovery Camp. Brochures available at YMCAinfo. org/camp. TEANECK Teaneck Summer Camps now Registering Camp Sun-Sational and Arts and Sports Camps presented by the Teaneck Recreation Department with registration at the Richard Rodda Center. Call 201-837-7130 or visit Recreation@ SCHOLARSHIPS HACKENSACK Maywood American Legion Scholarship from Post 142 of $1,500 to high school seniors who graduate and have been accepted at an approved college. Applicants must reside in Maywood or be a son, grandson, daughter or granddaughter of a member of American Legion Post 142. Applications available at Post 142. Call 201-845-8226 or 201845-6945. SCHOOLS HACKENSACK YMCA Happy Day Childcare Center has openings for ages 2.5 5 from Monday Friday from 7 a.m. 6 p.m. $725/month. Call 201-487-6600 ext. 211 or visit 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 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. For membership information, call 201-843-1061. For trip information call 201-843-1061. Second Thursday PARAMUS Paramus AARP Chapter 3834 has opened its membership to new members. The Paramus area covers the surrounding towns of Paramus. Meeting at the Cipolla Senior Center at 97 Farview Ave. held 10 months of the year. Call Lou at 201261-2068. Third Thursday HACKENSACK St. Francis Socialites meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Church Hall, 50 Lodi St. New members welcome. Call 201-342-5785. Second and Fourth Wednesdays PARAMUS Joseph Cipolla Paramus Senior No. 1 Club located at 93 Farview Ave. Meetings at noon. Strictly a social agenda: cards, trips entertaining programs, fun meetings and informative speakers. Call Jim at 201-845-9310. First and Third Thursday PARAMUS Senior Pioneers of Paramus welcomes new members at the Cipolla Senior Center, 93 N. Farview Ave. at 1 p.m. Various activities including chess, cards, pool, bocce ball, bus trips and speakers on topics pertaining to seniors, as well as entertainment. Call Mary at 201-265-7195 for an application. ROCHELLE PARK Rochelle Park Senior Citizens meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at the municipal complex at 151 W. Passaic St., at 1 p.m. All seniors 55 and older are welcome to join. Dues $15/year. For information, call Judy at 201-845-8688. For trips call Mitzi at 201-843-9243. SOUTH HACKENSACK The Senior Citizens meet the first Thursday of the month, at 1 p.m. Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. 201-440-9032. Second Friday HACKENSACK AARP Chapter 418 Meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Hackensack Recreation Center, 116 Holt St. For information call 201489-2585. HACKENSACK Americas Unidas Multicultural Senior Center activities at 101 Hudson St. Center open Monday Through Friday from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Hot lunch served daily at noon Monday Friday. Mondays and Wednesdays, Muscle Training at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Belly Dancing at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Arthritis Exercise at 9:30 a.m. These classes are free of charge. 201-336-3320. Wednesdays MAYWOOD Line Dance Instruction presented by the Maywood Recreation Department on Wednesdays from 9:15 10:15 a.m. at the Maywood Senior Center. Call 201-845-2900 ext. 208 or e-mail SPECIAL EVENTS MAYWOOD Maywood Station Sunday Museum Open Houses, from noon 3 p.m. on Oct. 6 and Nov. 10. Wednesday Museum Open Houses with free concert from 7 9 p.m. on June 19 and Aug. 14. Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. noon, Santa visits the Maywood Station Museum. Visit maywoodstation. com. 201-487-6600 ext. 220 or visit May 9 HACKENSACK Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards at the historic Church on the Green, at the First Reformed Church, 42 Court St., at 7 p.m. Call 201-336-7318 or visit May 11 HACKENSACK HHS Walk For Tomorrow presented by Theola Malin to honor her brother Edward and raise money to benefit the Tomorrows Childrens Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center at Hackensack High School from 10 a.m. 10 p.m. To register visit cfm?subpage=239375. May 11, 19 HARRIMAN, N.Y. Camp Clean up to get the camps ready for summer at Harriman State Park organized by the YMCA of Greater Bergen County at the park on May 11 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. and on May 19 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. To volunteer call 201-4876600 ext. 207 or visit May 16 19 PARAMUS Greek Festival sponsored by the St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church of Paramus, 51 Paramus Rd. Festival-goers will enjoy Greek food and desserts. Music on Friday and Saturday night with Greek dancers. Art, clothing, jewelry, gifts, displays and tours of the church. Visit Call 201-368-8881. May 18 MAHWAH 5K Run and Family Walk hosted by the YWCA of Bergen County at Darlington Park with registration at 9 a.m. and 5K Run at 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Walk at 10 a.m. Awards and prizes at 10:30 a.m. Duck Derby at 11 a.m. Duck Derby awards and prized at noon. Visit ywca5k. May 18 MAYWOOD MRCs Annual 5K Run presented by the Maywood Rotary at Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Volunteers needed at 8:20 a.m. May 18 PARAMUS Touch-A-Truck fundraiser presented by the Junior League of Bergen County at Westfield Garden State Plaza from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. $20/family of four in advance or $25/day of event, $5/each additional member. Rain or shine for a fun filled day of entertainment and trucks. Visit the May 22 SECAUCUS The Big Game Experience presented by Westfield Garden State Plaza at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow. This is an event to reach prospective sources of Super Bowlrelated business. To attend or exhibit call 201-605-1058. May 27 ROCHELLE PARK Memorial Day Observance presented by Rochelle Park American Legion with Mass at Sacred Heart Church on Rochelle Ave. at 8 a.m. and ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the monuments by Midland School (across from the church.) Call 201-8439683. May 27 ROCHELLE PARK Memorial Day Parade starting at the Mack VII building at 365 W. Passaic St. at 11:30. a.m. Call 201-843-9683. June 9 JERSEY CITY 5 K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park hosted by NFL cornerbacks Jason and Devin McCourty as a fundraiser for Tackle Sickle Cell CampaignVisit June 23 ROCHELLE PARK Charity Classic Car Show presented by the Rochelle Park American Legion at 33 W. Passaic St. from 8:30 2:45 p.m. $20/ per show car. Spectators free. $5/breakfast. Outdoor pavilion and bar. Class and Top 10 trophies. Call 201-843-9683. July 4 MAYWOOD Maywood Fourth of July Parade is scheduled to take place in Maywood. The theme for this years parade is Celebrating Our American Heritage. Aug. 6 HACKENSACK National Night Out presented by the Hackensack Police Department Youth Division on the Green at Main and Court streets from 6 10 p.m. Entertainment by Fillet of Soul, also featuring crime prevention and safety exhibits, handouts, food, drinks, prizes and raffles. Call 201646-7732 or 201-646-7763. TRIPS May 26 June 2 BERMUDA Cruise for a Cause sponsored by Helen Hayes Hospital and the Adler Aphasia Center. Cabins start at $696 for interior cabin plus $297/taxes and fees (subject to change). For information call Linda at Mainly Meetings Travel, 201-568-2146. Additional cocktail party on second night for $50. Aphasia group sessions onboard the cruise. June 3 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE Coast of New England New Hampshire and Maine offered by the St. Francis Socialites for a trip including hotel in New Hampshire, lobster luncheon in Maine. All meals and gratuities included. Call ASAP as space is limited. Pat Ruggiero at 201265-8034 or 201-646-8042. July 25 PENNSYLVANIA Mount Haven Resort for a Latin Celebration of Culture through music and dance presented by Americas Unidas Multicultural Senior Activity Center of Hackensack. $55. Includes, breakfast, dance and instruction, bingo or mini-golf or cards and buffet dinner. Bus leaves 101 Hudson St. at 8 a.m. For reservations call 201-336-3320. Aug. 30 Sept. 6 ALASKA Alaskan Cruise offered by the St. Francis Socialites for eight days/seven nights on the Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody of the Seas, sailing from Seattle. Call ASAP as space is limited. Pat Ruggiero at 201-2658034 or 201-646-8042. Sept. 9 12 VIRGINIA BEACH Trip to Virginia Beach presented by Americas Unidas Multicultural Senior Activity Center of Hackensack. $462/ double occupancy or $606/single. Trip includes four days of fun activities with a tram tour of the Botanical Gardens, luncheon cruise on Spirit of Norfolk, a guided tour of Douglas McArthur Memorial Museum, and more. For reservations call 201-336-3320.

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Paramus Catholic Breaks Ground

and cheerleading squads were followed by the official shovel in the dirt ceremony. PCs new AstroTurf field will be used to play football, girls and boys soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. The existing grass field took a beating from frequent use and inclement weather. With the installation of turf, which is known for durability and resilience against the toughest usage and weather conditions, use of the field can be expanded. The AstroTurf field will also save the growing costs of maintenance, labor, seeding, sodding, irrigation, and the sewer bill based on water use. The track will also be refurbished as part of the project and specialty jumping pits/ lanes will be installed in the D Zones beyond the end zones.


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Paramus Catholic High School football team captains from the 1998 and 2012 state championship teams. Front row, Nick Flores, 2012; Jason Giampetruzzi 1998; Steve Shanley, 2012; Jabrill Peppers, 2012; Greg Russo, 1998; and Tom Lagomarsino, 1998. Back row, Chris Partridge, 1998; and Billy Ray Mitchell, 2012. Paramus Catholic High Schools stadium field is getting a makeover with the installation of AstroTurf. The project, which will be completed before the start of the 2013 football season, kicked off with a ground-breaking ceremony on April 24. Joining the roughly 200 Paramus Catholic students, administrators, faculty members and alumni at the event was Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera. The site was blessed by the Rev. Basil Lek, a Paramus Catholic chaplain , and a review of the project was offered by James Vail, the schools president. Performances by PCs marching band

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ALBERT MELILLO, of South Hackensack, passed away peacefully on April 5 at the age of 84. Prior to retiring in 1989, he worked as a police ofcer for the South Hackensack Police Department. He was a lifetime member of the Tri-State Hunting Club, an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of PBA Local 102. Albert was an avid boater, sherman and hunter whose tremendous enthusiasm for the woods and the water was passed on to his two sons and many others. Loving father of James Melillo and his wife Janice of South Hackensack and Thomas Melillo of South Hackensack. Cherished grandfather of Thomas Justin Melillo of Maywood and the late Nicole Melillo. Dearest brother of Robert Melillo and his wife Joyce Melillo of Wallington. Albert is also survived by two nieces, Linda and Laura. GIUSEPPE DI PIAZZA, of South Hackensack, passed away peacefully on April 8 at the age of 71. Born in Casteltermini, Sicily, he came to the United States in 1962. Prior to retiring, he worked as a machine operator for Goldberg Slipper Factory in Hackensack. He was a parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church, Hackensack. Devoted son of the late Michele and Rosa Di Piazza. Dearest brother of Connie Trupio and her husband, the late Frank of Hackensack, Carmela Mea and her husband Mario of South Hackensack, Francesca Fragapane and her husband Angelo of South Hackensack and the late Vincenzo Di Piazza and his wife, the late Vincenza. Cherished uncle of Rosa Gallina, Al and Susan Trupio, Mike Trupio, Gaetano and Jacqueline Fragapane, Mike and Giovanna Di Piazza, Rosa and Mike Padla and Domenick Mea. Great-uncle of Vito, Frank, Margaret, Antonia, Gina, Angelo, Gianna, Angelo and Michael Di Piazza, also his godson. JOAN HILL, 86, of Hackensack, formerly of Maywood and Brooklyn, died on April 9. Beloved mother of Susan Hill, widow of William Hill. DAVID LOPEZ, 56, of Hackensack, died on April 12. He was a stock clerk at Bombardier Flex Jet in Teterboro.

PATSY ZITO, 89, formerly of Paramus, passed away peacefully on April 13. Prior to retiring, he worked as a diesel mechanic for Operating Engineers Local 825 in New Jersey. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dearest brother of the late Frank Zito and Camille Zito. Loving sister-inlaw of Ida Zito of South Hackensack. Cherished uncle of Michael Zito and his wife Terry of South Hackensack, and Frank Zito of South Hackensack. Great-uncle of Jennifer Cenicola and her husband Ron, Christopher Zito and Taylor Zito. Cherished great-great-uncle of Ryann and Makenzie. The Zito family would like to acknowledge the staff at the Fritz Reuter Lifecare Retirement Community in North Bergen, especially Noreen Wendt, for all the compassion and kindness they have show throughout the past ve years. EDWARD CLARK, of Paramus, passed away peacefully on April 14, at the age of 60. Prior to retiring, he worked for The Verizon Telephone Company, as a network tech. He was a parishioner of Church of the Annunciation in Paramus, a member of the B.P.O. Elks in Fort Lee, an avid sherman and sports fan who enjoyed watching his beloved New York Giants, Mets and NY Rangers. Devoted son Frank and Frances Clark. Long time companion of Roseann Pollack of Paramus. Dearest brother of Frank Clark of Queens, Donna Remmen of Brooklyn and Marilee Fitzgerald of Brooklyn. Edward also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and many other close friends. SALVATORE SONNY LA BOSCO Jr., of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on April 14 at the age of 89. He was born in Harrison. Prior to retiring, he worked for U.F.C.W. Local 342 as a tanner in Jersey City. Sonny was also a Marine veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1943 and served until he was wounded in Saipan and discharged in February 1946. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack. Beloved husband of Dorothy (ne Macknowski) for 70 years. Loving father of Karl and his wife Jeanette of Florida

and Karen of Hackensack. Cherished grandfather of Anthony and his wife Sonja La Bosco and Christopher Milin and greatgrandfather of Alex and Nicole. Dearest brother of Madeline Lore of Rochelle Park and the late Joseph La Bosco. ELIZABETH FERRARO, ne Karow, of South Hackensack passed away peacefully on April 15 at the age of 96. She was a member of the South Hackensack Seniors Club and a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack. Beloved wife of the late Anthony Ferraro (1987). Loving mother of Lorraine of South Hackensack, Donald and his wife Joyce of Middle Grove, N.Y., Fred and his wife Judy of Saddle Brook and Robert and his wife Nancy of Maywood. Cherished grandmother of Sherry, Susan, Catherine, Colleen, Jennifer, Kimberly and Steven and great-grandmother of Calista, Ellieanne, Dylan, Thomas, Jason, Matthew and George. Elizabeth is also predeceased by seven sisters and three brothers. MARGARET PEGGY LAGOMARSINO, ne Slavin, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on April 18, at the age of 83. She was a parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church, Hackensack. Beloved wife of Charles Lagomarsino for 65 years. Loving mother of John of Hackensack, Stephen and his wife Karen of Woodcliff Lake, Mary Ann Villari and her husband Antonio of Little Ferry, Thomas and his wife JoAnn of Elmwood Park, Catherine Hickey and her husband David of Blackwood, Jane Chiciak and her husband Stephen of River Edge and Karen Kazianis and her husband Chris of River Edge. Cherished grandmother of 16 grandchildren and ve great-grandchildren. Dearest sister of the late Daniel Slavin and sister-in-law of Alfred and Dora Albano of Glen mills, Pa. ANN MARIE DANTE, ne Penque, of Totowa, formerly of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on April 19 at the age of 68. Ann Marie enjoyed entertaining and preparing delicious meals for her family and friends. She was happiest with a full house, surrounded by those she loved. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C.

Church, Hackensack. Beloved wife of 40 years to George Dante Sr. Loving mother of George Dante Jr. and his wife Heidi of Totowa. Dearest sister of Angelo Penque, Gloria Calandrillo and her husband John and the late Adeline Deo, Mary Gentempo, Emil Penque and Arline Risky. Ann Marie is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. THERESA MELITI, ne Di Massino, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on April 24 at the age of 83. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack. Beloved wife of the late Frank Meliti (2005). Dearest sister of Helen Perlowski, Lorraine Armani and the late Adeline Minnella, Kay Smith, George Di Massino, Pasquale Di Massino and Anna Di Massino Theresa is also survived by her sister-in-law, Rose Di Massino, and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. MARY ZOCCO, ne Romaglia, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully at her home on April 25 at the age of 96. Born and raised in Gareld, she lived in Hackensack for more than 50 years. Prior to retiring, she worked at Goldberg Slipper Factory as a seamstress. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church and a member of their Rosary Society. Mary was a member of the Columbiettes, the womens auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Trinity Council No. 747. She also volunteered in a sewing group, the Speedy Needles, which created bed pads for cancer patients at Rosary Hill Home. Beloved wife of the late Charles Zocco. Dearest sister of Joseph Romaglia Sr. and his wife Marion of Rochelle Park and the late Viola Polifronio and Michael Romaglia. Cherished aunt of Carmen and Ruth Polifronio, Laurie Ann and Thomas Bado, Joseph Polifronio Jr., MaryAnn and Frank Weston, Sharon Romaglia and her husband Anthony Ward, Joseph Romaglia Jr., Ronald Romaglia, Carl and Mary Lou Romaglia and Marion and Dennis McKeon. Loving great-aunt of nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

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Visitation Parish Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Bergen County Consumer Bowl

Hackensack High School was among the participants at the 17th annual Bergen County Consumer Bowl competition on March 21 at the county administration building in Hackensack. The Consumer Bowl tests students knowledge of consumer protection laws and regulations. It is conducted in a game show format with high school teams competing against each other. Questions were asked topics including state of emergency price increases, weights and measures, frequency of changing gas prices, rent to own, credit reports, small claims court, skimmers, social Web sites, pets, identity theft, health clubs, new and used car lemon laws, Consumer Product Safety Commission, peak travel times, foreclosures and phishing. The team, led by advisor Valerie Gancarz, was com-

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The Revs. Sebastian Kunnath and Donald Ransom, Msgr. Hugh ODonnell, Deacon Todd Rushing, Rev. Eugene Field, Deacon Peter Emr, and Revs. Leo Butler and Jose Montes de Oca. In 1953, at a time when Paramus was comprised of mostly celery farms, the first Mass was celebrated in the new but unfinished Church of Our Lady of the Visitation. Sixty years later, on April 21, parishioners took much pride in celebrating the parishs 60th anniversary. Parishioners involved in building the church six decades ago were invited to join the entry procession at Mass and were honored as pioneers of a faith-filled legacy. Each ministry of the parish was also represented by an impressive procession of banners. Alumni priests joined the current pastor, Eugene Field, in con-celebrating the Mass, and guests enjoyed the opportunity of browsing through photo albums of years gone by.

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The team, led by advisor Valerie Gancarz, was comprised of Nancy Mannebach (captain), Allison Terracino, Christopher Balasa, Angy Ahmed and Margo Abdulahad. prised of Nancy Mannebach (captain), Allison Terracino, Christopher Balasa, Angy Ahmed and Margo Abdulahad.

has organized Walk For Tomorrow to honor her brother Edward, a four-time leukemia survivor, and raise money for Tomorrows Childrens Institute at the Joseph Sanzari Childrens Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. The walk will be held at the high school on Satur-

Walking for Tomorrow Young Bergen Theola Malin, a freshman day, May 11 from 10 a.m. to Playwrights Award at Hackensack High School, 10 p.m.Walkathon fee is $10
for those 18 and under and $15 for adults. Fee includes a T-shirt. Rain date is May 18. Registration information is available at http://www. cfm?subpage=239375. For vendor opportunities, contact Sarah Colombani-Malin, 201615-2127.

Hackensack Woman Graduates Wharton

20 Academic Decathlon Medals

Hackensack High Schools Academic Decathlon team brought home 20 medals at a regional competition held at Ramapo College on Feb. 2. Led by Coach John Spadafino, the team battled against students from 15 other teams. The thematic focus for this year was Russian culture and history. Although the team came in fourth overall, several individual Hackensack decathletes took home medals, ribbons and certificates. Morgan Johnson, a senior, was recognized for writing the best

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essay in the regional competition and won the Overall Silver Medal for earning the second highest point total in her level in the region. Other Hackensack winners included Nancy Mannebach, Geneva Khan, Anna Kowalski, Christopher Mascetti, Georgette Delos Santos, Timothy Waanders and Domenico Panuccio. The Alternate Decathlon team also won numerous awards. Winners included Kathy Suqui, Linnea Ruth Robinson and Nicholas Diaz.

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Philip Anastassiou and Emma Iacometta Emma Iacometta from Rochelle Park and Philip Anastassiou from Tenafly, both juniors in the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts at Bergen County Academies, have been named winners in the High School Division of the 2013 New Jersey Young Playwrights CompetitionGovernors Award in Arts Education. Emmas play, You Definitely Got All That From Your Mother, concerns a couple choosing a sperm donor from a catalogue and their subsequent decision with their 18-yearold daughter to meet the biological father. Good News! by Philip is a satire on materialism and political correctness whose main characters are two quintessentially British married couples.
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Hackensack resident Uzoamaka Uzo Idigo will be graduating with a Masters degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on May 12, 2013. Wharton is ranked as the third best business school in the nation by Bloomberg Business Week. Upon graduation, Idigo will begin working with Accen-

ture as a management consultant in New York City. Idigo is a graduate of Hackensack High School. The analytical and critical skills I developed at a young age attribute to my success today, she said. Idigos brother, Jeffrey, is a teacher in Hackensack High Schools Social Studies Department.

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County Legion Awards

The Bergen County American Legion will present numerous awards at is 87th annual convention, which will be held at Elmwood Park Post 147 on May 11. The winner of the Safety Essay Contest is Amanda Alvarado of Hackensack Post 55 and the runner-up is Jesse Sanzari, Rochelle Park Post 170. The Coloring Contest winner is Shreya Grandhi, Hackensack Post 55, and the runnerups are Ariana Campoverde, Hackensack Post 55; Eamon Bednarrick, Oradell Post 41; Soyeong Boek, Closter Post 111; Maggie Sullivan, Glen Rock Post 145; Julia Brubaker, Lyndhurst Post 139; Jessie Kim, Cresskill Post 21; Justine Ramos, Cresskill Post 21; Zoe Suwanjorutsachati, Rochelle Park Post 170; Hannah Cayaban, Leonia Post 1; and Sumika Yanadori, Little Ferry Post 310. The Oratorical Contest winners are Anne Li, Westwood Post 206, first place; Emily Kaufman, Leonia Post 1 and Edgewater Post 116; and Amin Khan, Hackensack Post 55, third place. The Post History Book winner is Ridgewood Post 53, and the Post Web Site winner is Rochelle Park Post 170, with the runner-ups as Leonia Post 1 and Hillsdale Post 162. Firefighter of the Year Award goes to Hackensack Post 55 with Acting Fire Lt. Jose Portacio and Firefighters Ronald Hellpap, Darren Oddo and Michael Greco. Scholarship Awards will be presented to Brian Zied, Ridgewood Post 53; Jessica Lavitol, Fair Lawn Post 171; Jessica Byrne, Rochelle Park Post 170; Katarina Francis, Ridgewood Post 53; and Andrew Manott, Rochelle Park Post 170.

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One-room office, Hackensack area, great private location, on-site parking, use of conference room, printer, copier, fax machine, Internet access. Separate entrance in beautifully renovated mixeduse building. Ideal for attorney or small business. Call 201-488-6010. Office for rent one block from Bergen County Court House. Reception area, large conference room and two additional offices plus large secretarial area, 2 other rooms. Great for law office. $1,200. Call 201-342-1103.

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On a dreary and cold March day, a group of 30 Hackensack Middle School students and their two science teachers boarded a bus and headed to the Jersey shore. This cleanup crew was among others participating in the fifth annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange being held in Asbury Park. Their mission was to patrol the beach to collect garbage and debris off the sand and rocks. Led by science teachers Linda Flynn (fifth grade) and her son Rick Flynn, (seventh grade), the Hackensack group broke into teams with the seventh graders carrying the big black plastic trash bags. The teams were responsible for recording each bit of garbage and identifying it. The fifth grade

students were the runners, scampering over the sand to pick up any trash that they spotted. Trash collected included plastic and glass bottles, plastic bags and pieces of building materials and wooden debris washed up by the waves. This event provided the students with an opportunity to see, first hand, some of the damage that Hurricane Sandy dealt this beach community. The boardwalk sustained much damage and new wooden planks identified where the walkway had been ripped apart. The Hackensack Middle School crew won the coveted Trash Can Trophy for collecting more than 350 cigarette and brought home certificates of appreciation from the city.

Hackensack apartment for rent in two-family home. 5 large rooms, 1 bath. Close to town and transportation. Parking on site. $1,400. Garage available at additional cost. Call 201-341-1851.

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Real Estate Trends & Home Improvement

Recent Home Sales
Hackensack Sales 182 James St. Listed at $160,000. Sold in 25 days at $150,000 on April 16. 233 Clay St. Listed at $175,000. Sold in 14 days at $170,000 on April 12. 173 Passaic St. Listed at $185,000. Sold in 146 days at $185,000 on April 4. 428 W. Anderson St. Listed at $329,000. Sold in 78 days at $315,000 on April 12. 75 Catalpa Ave. Listed at $339,000. Sold in 68 days at $320,000 on April 29. 280 Prospect Ave. Unit 5D Listed at $39,900. Sold in 231 days at $39,900 on April 23. 125 Prospect Ave. Unit 16G Listed at $69,900. Sold in 116 days at $62,500 on April 26. 151 Prospect Ave. Unit 18A Listed at $77,700. Sold in 108 days at $70,000 on April 22. 160 Overlook Ave. Unit 9E2 Listed at $65,430. Sold in 26 days at $73,000 on April 26. 151 Prospect Ave. Unit 9F Listed at $99,000. Sold in 113 days at $90,000 on April 29. 75 Union St. Unit 5D Listed at $99,000. Sold in 32 days at $94,000 on April 12. 243 Johnson Ave. Listed at $119,000. Sold in 144 days at $96,000 on April 11. 280 Prospect Ave. Unit 4K Listed at $109,900. Sold in 37 days at $107,000 on April 18. 125 Prospect Ave. Unit 15B Listed at $135,000. Sold in 344 days at $128,000 on April 11. 125 Prospect Ave. Unit 5F Listed at $140,000. Sold in 50 days at $131,000 on April 23. 120 Sussex St. Unit 3E Listed at $150,000. Sold in 59 days at $147,000 on April 18. 344 Prospect Ave. Unit 8B Listed at $194,900. Sold in 20 days at $177,000 on April 29. Maywood Sales 142 Parkway Listed at $379,000. Sold in 14 days at $360,000 on April 12. 464 Hill St. Listed at $399,000. Sold in 35 days at $375,000 on April 9. South Hackensack Sales 35 Williams Ave. Listed at $549,000. Sold in 20 days at $440,000 on April 29.

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Photo Courtesy: Hackensack High School

Front row, Elaine Vilorio, Yamaris Cajamarca and Kathy Suqui, and back row, Yanhire Sierra, Susan Pizza and Ed Renz. On April 11, the Hackensack High School chapter of the National Honor Society and its advisor, Ed Renz, gathered to complete a Habitat for Humanity project. The team volunteered to repair two Little Ferry homes which were severely by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry.


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