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December 2014 The Gazette Newspaper - PAGE 1
Newspaper for Carlstadt • E. Rutherford • Hasbrouck Heights • Little Ferry • Lodi • Moonachie • Rutherford • Teterboro • Wood-Ridge
Published Monthly. Issued the first week of the month. Distributed via U.S. Postal Service and available at select locations.
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VOL. 11, No. 12
December 2014
Postal Patron
We are able to celebrate our holidays, enjoy our freedoms of religion, speech and way of life because of our Veterans,
and those serving in our Armed Forces today. We owe them everything. Millions interrupted their lives to serve.
We thank them for their service. Veterans Day commemorates November 11 at 11 a.m., the anniversary of the end of
World War I, originally Armistice Day, and, in 1954, changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. Veterans.
Photo above is Wood-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School Glee Club, under the direction of Melissa Ayvas Manolakakis,
at the “Regional Salute to Veterans” ceremony held November 9, 2014 at the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum
at Teterboro Airport. Photos of this event on page 20. Photos of area Veterans Day services on pages 18-19.
Salute to Vets
Pages 2-10
Pages 11-15
Pages 16-17
Pages 22-24
Page 32-33
Page 34
Fire Department
Page 35
PAGE 2 - The Gazette Newspaper December 2014
With Santa
December 13
The Hasbrouck Heights
Junior Women’s Club, in partnership with VFW Post 4591,
is sponsoring Breakfast with
Santa on Saturday, December
13, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m., at the Hasbrouck
Heights VFW.
Pancake breakfast will be
served between 9:30 to 10:30
a.m. The event includes entertainment, holiday crafts, goody
bag and photo opportunity with
Santa (don’t forget to bring
your cameras. Kids are welcome to wear pajamas.)
Tickets are $10 per person
and available at
No tickets will be sold at the
door. Proceeds benefit local
charities and scholarships.
Bring a new, unwrapped
toy for the US Marine Corps
Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
They will also be collecting non-perishable food items
for the Hasbrouck Heights Food
Pantry. ###
Hasbrouck Heights
Holiday Decoration
And Display Contest
Ho. Ho. Ho. Hop in your
sleigh and join the fun. Check
out Hasbrouck Heights’ festive
displays on The Boulevard and
in your neighborhood with
yards, homes, lamp posts and
doors seasonally dressed for
the holidays.
Judging is Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, December 19, 20
and 21, 2014, from 6 to 10 p.m.,
with final review on December
22, 2014 at 7 p.m. This annual
tradition is sponsored by the
Mayor’s Celebrations Committee. ###
W-R School
Holiday Concert
The Wood-Ridge Jr./Sr.
High School Holiday Concert
is Thursday, December 18,
2014, at 7 p.m. and is open to
the public with free admission
and open seating!
All are welcome to hear the
joyous sounds of the Holidays.
Performances by: Concert
Choir, Glee Club (Select Choir),
NJPAC - Hip Hop, Concert
Band, Beginner Band and
Drum Line.
Vocal ensembles are under
the direction of Mrs. Melissa
Ayvas Manolakakis and instrumental ensembles are under the direction of Mrs. Toni
They are very excited for
their combination of Grades
7th - 12th performance! Please
come out and support the performing arts at Wood-Ridge Jr./
Sr. High School. ###
Felician Sisters
Christmas Concert
January 4
The Felician Sisters of
the Immaculate Conception
Convent of Lodi, New Jersey,
will present a sacred concert
entitled “The Glory of Christmas.”
The Christmas Concert
will take place on Sunday,
January 4, 2015, at Immaculate
Conception Convent Chapel,
260 South Main Street, Lodi,
New Jersey at 3 p.m.
It is the hope of the Sisters
that the gift of music will deepen the spirit of Christmas for
all who attend as we celebrate
the Feast of Epiphany, known
as “Little Christmas” in many
Joining the Felician Sisters’
Choir will be several guest
There is no admission
charge for this concert, but
goodwill offerings will be accepted and proceeds will be
given to the Felician Mission in
Haiti which is being organized
by Sister Marilyn Minter and
Sister Mary Igna Borko.
For further information:
Sister Mary Virginia Tomasiak
973-473-7447 ext 114. ###
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The St. Joseph’s Church
Christmas Concert will be on
Sunday, December 14, 2014,
at 4 p.m. in the Church, 120
Hoboken Road, East Rutherford. The St. Joseph’s Choir is
well renowned in the area, with
professionals from the Broadway and NY opera community
as members and soloists.
Diana Belkowski, Music
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Come and enjoy an uplifting afternoon that will help you
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There will be over 50 crafters and vendors displaying
jewelry, candles, family crest
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sculpture, kid’s and women’s
apparel, crochet items, unique
hand-sewn gifts, glass work,
handbags, kitchen items, cotton candy, sports caps, and
many more unique crafts for
Get a jump-start on your
holiday shopping all in one
place! St. Mary High School
is located at 64 Chestnut Street
in Rutherford. Free admission.
Free Gift Bag to first 100 shoppers! Vendor opportunities are
still available. Contact Joanie at
201-394-8676. ###
The Christmas season begins
at sundown on 24th December
and lasts through sundown
on 5th January. For that
reason, this season is also
known as the Twelve Days of
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First Presbyterian Church
of Rutherford invites the community to their annual Christmas Concert, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Christmas anthems and
carols for choir and congregation will focus on the theme,
The Spirit of Christmas: Hope,
Peace, Joy, Love. The Christmas Choir of 25 voices will be
accompanied by Kristi Shade,
harpist, Anna Urrey, flautist,
and Peggy Hsiao, the Church’s
Organist and Director of Music.
The music includes traditional and folk carols, arrangements by classical and
contemporary composers.
The concert will be held in
the Church’s beautiful sanctuary, dating from 1888, with its
recently restored Möller pipe
There is no charge for
admission. A freewill offering
will be taken and a reception
will follow the concert. All
are warmly welcome to attend. The Church is located
on the triangle in downtown
Rutherford, at Park Avenue and
Ridge Road.
For more information visit
the Church website www. or call 201438-3569. ###
Living Nativity
T he First Presbyer ian
Church will again host a Living Nativity on November 30,
2014, with performances at 6
p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
The Sunday School children perform the reenactment
of the Christmas Story. The
Church has been presenting
this event for the past 8-10
For more information contact: First Presbyterian Church
of Carlstadt, 457 Division Avenue (corner of Division and
Third Street), Carlstadt. Call
201-438-5526 or go to: www. ###
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Santa Visits
the AHOF
Santa is scheduled to depart the North Pole at Midnight
and is expected to arrive at 11
a.m. on Saturday, December
6, 2014 at the Aviation Hall of
He and his elf will circle
the museum several times in
a helicopter, and then ride into
the parking lot in an airport fire
truck. Santa will have candy
and gifts for the kids.
Bring your camera for this
photo opportunity! Children
under 12 years of age will be
able to meet and greet Santa
Claus inside the museum free
of charge, when accompanied
by an adult. Adult admission
is $7, $5 seniors.
The museum will open at
10 a.m. to accommodate expected interest in this special
event, and the public is advised
to arrive early in order to obtain
good parking.
The visit of Santa Claus is
presented annually by the New
Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame &
Museum, located at 400 Fred
Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ.
For more info call 201-2886344. ###
Toys for Tots Drop Off
Holiday Inn Hasbrouck
Heights announced that they
are an official drop off site for
“Toys for Tots” Foundation.
They will be collecting new
unwrapped toys in their main
lobby through December 20,
2014. For more information call
201-288-9600. ###
from Mayor Rose Heck, Members of the Council
and all Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Employees
Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce
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Support your local businesses and
receive discounts and a chance to win prizes.
Shop at par
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Receive an entry ticket into the prize drawing with every purchase
Prizes will be awarded at the live drawing held at the Hasbrouck Heights Library
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The Christmas season begins at sundown on 24th December
and lasts through sundown on 5th January. For that reason,
this season is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Radio City
W-R School Glee
Club to Appear
on News 12
Christmas Excursion
to the Westchester
Broadway Dinner
Theatre Dec. 5
The Rutherford Recreation
Department has tickets to see
the Rockettes on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. The fee
is $65 (2nd Mezzanine seating)
and includes coach bus.
The showtime is 8 p.m.
and the bus departs at 5:30 p.m.
from Memorial Park Parking
Lot. Tickets are sold on a first
come basis.
Please call the Rutherford
Recreation Department at 201460-3015 if you have any questions. Barbara Bennett. ###
The Wood-Ridge Glee
Club (Select Choir), under the
direction of Mrs. Melissa Ayvas Manolakakis, was asked to
perform on New Jersey News
12 “Sounds of the Season.”
Filming will take place on
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at
The Count Basie Theatre in
Red Bank, NJ.
The segment will be aired
on NJ News 12 during the end
of December. Please see your
local listings and the WoodRidge Jr/Sr High School website for air time (TBA). ###
December Birthstone
December Flower
This Christmas Season,
treat yourself or your loved
ones to dinner and a very special holiday show Christmas
Excursion to the Westchester
Broadway Dinner Theatre on
Friday, December 5, 2014.
“It Happened One Christmas Eve” is a heart-warming
musical about an infant left
on a Brooklyn doorstep one
Christmas Eve and the magic
she brings to the lives of those
who find her.
It captures the Christmas
message of Love, Forgiveness,
Understanding, Loyalty and
Perserverance in a nostalgic
blend of joy and sadness.
This show is filled with
favorite Christmas carols and
popular Seasonal songs and is
sure to please the entire family.
The price of $120 includes
bus transportation, and your
dinner and show package, including entrée of your choice,
salad, vegetable, potato or pasta, fresh rolls and corn muffins,
Chef’s Choice dessert, coffee,
decaffeinated coffee or regular
tea prior to the performance.
The bus will leave from
in front of Most Sacred Heart
of Jesus Church (Wallington)
promptly at 4 p.m. Dinner will
be served at 6 p.m., with show
time at 8 p.m.
Payment is due at the time
of reservation. Please call Pat
Wronko at 201-438-0636 or
Ginny Topolski at 201-7152087 for additional information
and reservations.###
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Pet Photos with Mrs. Claus
FOCAS (Friends of the
County Animal Shelter, Inc.)
will be hosting holiday pet
pictures with Mrs. Claus and
a Special Holiday Gift Fair
on Sunday, December 7, 2014,
at the American Legion, 100
Liberty Street, Little Ferry,
from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The
cost per photo is $7. All pets
are welcome. Pets should be
up-to-date on all shots and ap-
propriately restrained. There
will be refreshments, fabulous
holiday gifts on sale for pets
and people and a drawing each
hour. Let FOCAS put some
“cheer” in your holiday!
Annual event proceeds
benefit the FOCAS Angel Fund
that provides veterinary medical care for sick homeless and
abandoned animals. ###
Festival of Trees and Wreaths
55 Kip Center, a senior
activity center in Rutherford,
is preparing for its 20th Annual
Festival of Trees and Wreaths.
Each year, individuals,
organizations, Church groups,
school classes and clubs decorate trees and wreaths with a
theme of their choice.
Entries are judged and
ribbons are awarded for Most
Beautiful, Most Creative and
Holiday Classic
Movie Nights
The First Presbyterian
Church of Rutherford invites
the community to four Holiday
Classic Movie Nights on Saturday evenings during Advent.
All movies begin at 5:45 p.m.
and there is no charge for the
event. Pizza and popcorn will
be served. The schedule of
movies is as follows:
• November 29: “A Christmas Story”
• December 6: “The Polar
• December 13: “Miracle
on 34th Street”
• December 20: “It’s a
Wonderful Life”
The Sunday morning 10
a.m. worship services will tie
in the theme of the movies
shown the previous night and
will focus on the theme of hope,
peace, joy and love.
For more information visit or call
201-438-3569. ###
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Christmas Card
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begin to write out their Christmas cards--please send one to
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Thank you, and don’t forget to thank them! ###
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Be sure to turn
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Best Use of Theme.
Trees, Wreaths, and Centerpieces will be displayed
at the Center until Saturday,
December 13, 2014, at which
time they will be raffled off to
support programs, services and
activities at the Center.
Tickets will be 10 for $5 or
25 for $10. The community is
invited to come in and visit the
display Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call 201-460-1600 for further information. ###
Holiday Dance with
Peter Lieberman
December 14
Come dressed in your holiday best on Sunday, December
14, 2014, when The Ladies
Auxiliary of VFW Post 4591
in Hasbrouck Heights will host
a Holiday Dance with Peter Lieberman from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost
is $15 and includes a hot lunch,
dessert, coffee/tea. There will
be a mini-tricky tray and 50/50.
Call Debbie at 201-8664854 for more information,
reserve a seat or table. Event is
open to the public. ###
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HH Men’s
Tree Sale
The Hasbrouck Heights
Men’s Association will be selling Christmas Trees again this
Holiday Season at St. John the
Divine, at the corner of Franklin and Terrace.
They will be carrying an
array of trees of various sizes
and prices. This sale has been
a Hasbrouck Heights holiday
tradition for over twenty years.
The money raised goes to
the HHMA Scholarship Fund
that benefits graduating high
school seniors from Hasbrouck
Heights who want to attend college. The Hasbrouck Heights
Men’s Association wants to
thank area residents for their
on-going support of their sale
and they wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season. ###
With Santa
The St. Anthony Council
of the Knights of Columbus
invites all children and the
young at heart to their Annual Pancake Breakfast at
the Wood-Ridge Intermediate
School Cafeteria in WoodRidge on Sunday, December
14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Santa will be their guest
of honor. The menu will be
“all you can eat” pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee
for the adults. The cost is $5 per
person; children 5 and under
will be admitted free. ###
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Artful Thinking
By Artie Maglionico • Lodi Historian
A Christmas Miracle
(Part Two)
Part one ended with my
brother and father returning
without the dog saying that he
was nowhere to be found.
I could not believe what I
was hearing. I ran to the door
to see for myself. Dusty was out
there lost in a blizzard unable
to find his way home.
That grim reality reduced
me to tears and the weight of
it sent me collapsing onto the
cold floor.
My father picked me up
and attempted to console me,
but nothing he could do or say
could keep me from lashing out
in anger and in sorrow for my
lost companion.
“Why did you do it dad?”
I cried “How could you forget
him out there? How could you
forget about our friend, our dog
My poor father was heartbroken. Of course the last thing
on earth Vito would ever do
was hurt me in any way shape
or form. Yeah, he’d chase me
all over the place, but when he
finally caught me he didn’t have
it in his heart to follow through.
He’d walk away huffi ng and
puffing punching a wall or a
tree along the way.
Ten minutes later I’d be
tapping him on his beautiful,
bald head asking him for a
quarter and getting it. Anyway
my poor father was speechless
and had all to do to keep from
shedding a tear himself. He
took of his coat placed it on
the empty rocking chair and
walked into the living room,
My brother disappeared into
the bedroom and closed the
door behind him. “He’ll fi nd
his way home.” Insisted my
mother “You’ll see…he’ll make
his way home.” Having said
that my mother placed Dusty’s
food in the oven and said that
she was keeping it warm for
when he returns home.
“See?” She said “I’m saving his food. He’ll be hungry
when he comes home.”
Ju st t he n my brot he r
walked out of the bedroom
which was just off the kitchen.
He was fully dressed in his
winter clothes.
“I’m going back out there!”
he said “I’ll find that dog!”
“You see!” said Lena “Eugene is going out again to find
Dusty. When you wake up
tomorrow morning Dusty will
be on his chair waiting for you.”
I went into the bedroom,
which, by the way, I shared
with my brother, and asked
God to bring my dog home
safe and sound. In the distance
could be heard the strains of my
brother’s voice as he called out
in the storm the name Dusty.
The next morning I jumped
out of bed and darted into the
kitchen to see if God had answered my prayer.
The rocking chair was still
empty and with it the hopes of
ever seeing my dog again. The
good news was that school had
been canceled because of the
weather, which meant that I
could search for my dog in the
friendly light of day.
Sunlight has a way of
brightening even the darkest
hours and in its life giving
rays hope is born. There was a
knock at the side door. Much to
my pleasant surprise it was my
friends from Westervelt Place;
my cousin Anthony, Johnny
Rannou, Rocco and Bruce.
They heard about my missing dog and had come to help
me look for him. Rocco suggested that we explore the hills
of Farnham Avenue along the
dirt road.
It made sense since, during
the summer months, we saw
a few stray dogs roaming the
wooded area beneath old man
Cottone’s abandoned barn.
“Maybe your dog teamed up
with them.” Rocco suggested.
The journey, not necessarily a long one, was arduous
due to the bitter cold and knee
deep snow.
My cousin Anthony had
the good sense to bring along
his dad’s WWII canteen filled
to the brim with hot chocolate
which we consumed, much to
our regrets, only minutes into
our search.
A half hour later, cold and
weather beaten, we looked to
Anthony who took the last sip
from the canteen, turned it upside down and shook it like an
empty bottle of ketchup.
By then we had combed
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every inch of the mountainous
terrain which was becoming
unfriendlier by the minute. We
stood at the bottom of the hill
looking up at the barn when,
in the distance, we heard the
barking of a dog.
“It’s coming from that
barn.” Said Johnny Rannou
“Let’s take a look.”
“We’ll never make it up
there.” Rocco insisted “the
footing is too treacherous.”
Since none of us knew
what the word “treacherous”
meant we decided to take our
chances and see if that bark
belonged to my dog Dusty.
The temperature dropped
or maybe it just felt colder
having been exposed to the
elements for so long.
Half way up the hill the
snow drifts were so high that
we had to tunnel through them
like termites through the trunk
of an oak tree. “I told you guys,”
said Rocco “It’s treacherous!”
We still didn’t know what the
word meant but given the conditions we kind of guessed that
it wasn’t good.
Again we heard it…the
barking of a dog only now it
was louder and angrier. Then
Johnny Rannou saw the dog
traipsing through the drifts
headed straight for us. “
“Look” shouted Rannou
“here he comes.” We looked
up to witness a large, ferocious looking beast coming
toward us. It looked like a cross
between a grizzly bear and a
“Is that your dog?’ Shouted Rannou. “No!” I exclaimed.
“Then let’s get the heck out of
here!” replied Rannou.
We ran frantically down
the hill bulldozing our way
through snow drifts, rocks, and
ditches along the way.
Luckily for us, the mad dog
was unable to make it through
the snow drifts and had soon
given up the chase. We made it
to the dirt road frightened, cold
and exhausted.
The snow began to fall
again and came at us in violent
bursts forcing us to hunch over
as we marched headlong into
the storm. By the time we made
it home we all knew only too
well the meaning of the word
That afternoon found me
sitting in my dog’s rocking
chair looking out of the kitchen
window wondering if I’d ever
see him again.
The thought of him braving yet another night alone in
the bitter cold was heartbreaking. Vito looked so sad that I
couldn’t help but to snuggle up
to him while he was lying on
the couch and tell him that it
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wasn’t his fault and that I still
loved him…which I did with
all my heart…yes even more
than Dusty.
“Are we still buddies?” he
asked in a whisper.
“Yup” I replied “We’re still
I remained his buddy till
his dying day which, happily,
was still a long way off.
Thanksgiving had come
and gone without my dog wagging his tail with his bowl at
his feet begging for a piece of
turkey. To make matters worse,
we were hit with another storm
almost as bad as the last one.
My mom was forever trying to console me with words
of hope of better days to come.
But even as I listened to
her I could not shake this melancholy cloud that had settled
over me since my dog went
Christmas had arrived and
with it came the peace and good
tidings of the season. I was still
upset over my dog, but the new
Huffy convertible bike standing under the tree eased the
pain somewhat.
It could have been worse…
it could have been a pair of
argyle socks disguised as a
hockey game.
Just then we heard the faint
voices of Christmas carolers
singing “Silent Night.” I felt
that melancholy cloud descending upon me again. I retreated
into the bedroom to have a one
on one talk with God who was
waiting for me there.
“Merry Christmas God”
I said sarcastically “It’s not so
merry for me…my dog is dead
God…you hear me God? Why
didn’t you help my poor dog
find his way home?”
At that moment my brother
Eugene walked in and sat next
to me on the bed. “Who are you
talking to?” he asked.
“God!” I angrily replied
“What were you talking
about?” He asked.
“Why he let Dusty freeze
to death?” I replied.
“What makes you think
he’s dead?” he asked “God
wouldn’t do a thing like that,
especially when he knows how
much joy he gives us. He’s
probably curled up somewhere
next to a warm radiator, well
fed and fast asleep.”
“Do you think that since
it’s Christmas if I ask God for
even a small miracle He’d bring
Dusty home?” I asked
“There are no small miracles,” said my brother Eugene
who was seven years my senior.
“They come in all shapes and
sizes but none of them are
small…especially for the one
whose asking.”
“Like me?” I asked
“Like you” he replied.
I slid off the bed and knelt
down in front of the window.
The moonlight made a luminous path on the snow that
reflected off of the icy crust and
disappeared into the night sky.
“Dear God” I prayed, “My
dog has been gone for such
a long time in such cold and
snowy weather. I’m afraid that
he’s dead God…He got lost and
couldn’t find his way home.
He was wandering around
in the bitter cold, God, looking
for me…looking for the ones
who love him. Please don’t
make him be dead God. Please
bring my poor dog home. Help
him to find his way…Help him
to find his way home. Amen”
With my prayer having
been said, my brother and I
closed our eyes and went to
sleep. The last thing I saw as I
drifted off was the light of the
moon as it danced across the
frosted window like a heavenly
I’m not sure what time it
was…it had to be well past midnight since both the television
and the Christmas tree lights
were out, which meant that my
father shut them off before he
retired for the night.
The house, except for the
night light in the kitchen, was
dark. I noticed all of this when
my brother and I stumbled out
of bed after being awakened by
the sound of my mother’s voice
coming from the hallway.
Now get ready for this
folks, for you’re about to see
Gods work in action.
“I don’t believe it!” I heard
my mother exclaim as she held
the side door open, “Look who
came home.” She later told us
that she heard something whining and scratching at the door
and got up to see who or what
it was.
I thought I was dreaming
…still tucked away under the
covers fast asleep. But this was
no dream, for we were watching a true Christmas miracle
There before our sleepy
eyes walked in our dog Dusty.
With his tail between his legs,
skin and bone, and with a
broken leg he limped into the
kitchen and climbed onto his
rocking chair.
Seeing him there with my
mother, father and brother Eugene huddled around him was a
sight that, let me tell you folks,
stays with me till this very day.
Santa himself had to be awe
struck for this was a gift that
only God could deliver.
There’s a side bar to this
story. The veterinarian strongly
suggested that our dog be put to
sleep. My brother would have
no part of it and insisted that a
cast be put on Dusty’s leg and
to leave the rest of the doctoring
to he and our mother.
Dusty lived another 9 happy and healthy years never to
leave the safety of his home
again. We all made sure of that!
In memory of Vito, Lena,
Eugene and Dusty.
Merry Christmas!
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HH Fire Dept.
To Take Santa
Around Heights
Santa’s Schedule for
December 21, 2014
Collins & Baldwin
4:00 to 4:20 p.m.
Hasbrouck & Ottawa
4:30 to 4:50 p.m.
Paterson & Burton
5:00 to 5:20 p.m.
Oak Grove & La Salle
5:30 to 5:55 p.m.
Oak Grove & Jefferson
6:05 to 6:25 p.m.
Oldfield & Division
6:35 to 6:55 p.m.
Cleveland & Summit
7:05 to 7:20 p.m.
Cleveland & Woodland
7:45 p.m.
Any parent who cannot
get a child to a Santa
stop due to illness or
handicap can make
special arrangements by
calling the Fire Chief at
Holiday Dance
The Free Public Library of
Hasbrouck Heights is pleased
to present a holiday dance
performance put on by Edie’s
Dance Factory.
Students of the school will
perform a variety program to
the music of the Rockettes’
famous “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Jingle Bells,”
“Frosty,” and more.
The dances will include a
little bit of everything including
tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop.
The performers range in age
from 7 years old to adult.
The whole family is invited
to come and enjoy the spirit
of the holidays. The goal, at
Edie’s Dance Factory is “to
pass along to future generations
the joy of doing something you
truly love.”
This free performance will
be held in the Senior Center,
located at 320 Boulevard from
2 to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday,
December 20, 2014.
To register, call 201-2880488 or log on to and go
to our calendar. ###
Carlstadt FD
Open House Party
Moonachie FD
Santa Around Town
Ask about Holiday Catering
On Saturday, December
13, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2
p.m., Carlstadt children can
meet Santa and receive a treat
and have some cookies at the
firehouse. ###
On Sunday, December 21,
2014, starting at noon. Please
wait on the street corners. Be
patient, Santa has lots of boys
and girls to visit. ###
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Santa Around Town
205 Williams Ave. • Hasbrouck Heights
East Rutherford FD
Santa Around Town
On December 20, 2014,
starting at about 9:30 a.m., East
Rutherford residents can meet
Santa on their street. Be sure to
listen for the Fire Department
sirens. ###
Little Ferry FD
Santa Around Town
On Saturday, December
20, 2014, starting at noon.
Please wait on the street corners. Be patient, Santa has lots
of boys and girls to visit. ###
Lodi FD
Santa Around Town
On Sunday, December 21,
2014, starting at 9:30 a.m., Lodi
residents can meet Santa on
their street corner. Be sure to
listen for the Fire Department
sirens. ###
On Saturday, December
20, 2014, the Wood-Ridge Fire
Department will have pictures
with Santa at the firehouse from
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Santa will be at Wesmont
Station from 2 to 3 p.m.
Starting at about 4 p.m.,
they will randomly escort Santa
up and down every street in
the Borough. Firefighters will
hand out candy at the intersections. ###
Use caution with
holiday decorations
and whenever possible,
choose those made with
flame-resistant, flameretardant or non-combustible materials.
• Any string of lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or
loose bulb connections should not be used. Connect no more
than three strands of push-in bulbs and a maximum of 50 bulbs
for screw-in bulbs.
• Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or
going to bed.
• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit
candles in the room are placed away from tree branches.
Chimney Safety Tips
burn more completely and
produce less smoke than larger
• Do not burn cardboard
boxes or trash, as they can
spark a chimney fire.
• Install stovepipe thermometers, which help monitor
flue temperatures where wood
stoves are in use, then adjust
burning practices as needed.
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Your Fire Chiefs Offer These
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Chimney maintenance is
vital to your family’s safety.
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire
Department offers these tips:
• Have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.
• When possible, bur n
seasoned woods (dryness of the
wood is more important than
hard wood versus soft wood).
• Smaller, hotter fires will
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Private Party Room
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Business Lunch Menu
Entrées starting at $9.95 • Both locations
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We also offer a wide-variety of daily specials on our Lunch & Early Bird Menus
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December 2014 The Gazette Newspaper - PAGE 9
Edie's Dance Factory Presents
Holiday Windows
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Hasbrouck Heights High School Auditorium
Donation: $15 • For tickets call:
201-438-2994 or email: [email protected]
A Christmas benefit performance with
all proceeds to benefit Mickey's Kids Foundation
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Rock Bands Welcome
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Community Tree Lightings
Carlstadt will hold their
Tree Lighting at Borough Hall
on Thursday, December 4,
2014, at 6:30 p.m. ###
East Rutherford will hold
their Tree Lighting at Borough
Hall 7 p.m., Friday, December
5, 2014 at Borough Hall Park.
Bring your camera for photos
with Santa. Refreshments will
be served. ###
The Hasbrouck Heights
Annual Tree Lighting at The
Circle will be held immediately after the Annual Holiday
Parade on November 28, 2014.
There will be plenty of hot
cocoa and snacks. Santa will
be available in the TD Bank
lobby. Bring your camera. ###
Little Ferry will hold
their Tree Lighting on Friday,
December 5, 2014, 6 p.m. to
8 p.m., in the Borough Hall
parking lot. The Memorial
School Choir is scheduled to
sing. Santa will be available in
the Municipal Building lobby.
Bring your camera.
Lodi will host its Annual
Tree Lighting on Friday, December 5, 2014, (rain or shine),
starting at 7 p.m. at Borough
Hall. Holiday music will be
provided by the Lodi HS Band
and Choir.
Moonachie will hold their
Annual Tree Lighting event
(rain or shine) on Saturday,
December 6, 2014, at 7 p.m.,
at Borough Hall. R. L. Craig
students will sing Christmas
Chopin Singing
Society Christmas
The Chopin Singing Society (men’s chorus) presents its
Annual Christmas Concert on
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at
3 p.m. at the Polish Peoples’
Home, 1-3 Monroe Street,
The Chorus is under the
direction of Anthony Tabish.
The Chopin Chorus has been
singing for 104 years.
Tickets are $25 pp and include hot buffet. For info and
tickets, call John at 973-7794310. ###
W-R School Band
and Glee Club
Go On Tour
The Wood-Ridge Jr./Sr.
High School Concert Band
and Glee Club (Select Choir)
are going on Tour this Holiday
Season to Moonachie’s R.L.
Craig, W-R Intermediate and
C.E. Doyle schools on Monday,
December 22, 2014. The Concert Band and Glee Club will
perform 3 - 1 hour assemblies
for all the schools to spread
the Holiday Cheer and recruit
members for the future! ###
Carols. Refreshments and photos with Santa will follow at the
Firehouse. ###
Rutherford will hold their
Annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 5
p.m. at The Library, following
the Holiday Parade up Park
Avenue. Entertainment by the
Rutherford Community Band.
Wood-Ridge Annual Tree
Lighting is on November 28,
2014, at Veterans Park, starting
at 7 p.m. Christmas Carols will
be sung by Middle and High
School Chorale. Santa will be
at The Gazebo to hear special
secret wishes. Refreshments
will be served. ###
Holiday Open
House at
Skylands Manor
Historic Skylands Manor
in the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be filled
with an extravagant display of
seasonal décor during NJBG’s
Annual Holiday Open House
from December 4 through 7,
Skylands Manor, a 45room Tudor-style country estate built in the early 1920s,
features many fine historic
architectural elements and is
an elegant backdrop for this
celebration of the season. In
keeping with the botanical
surroundings, the lush holiday
décor features abundant live
and dried plants and flowers,
elegant appointments, and displays created with youngsters
in mind.
The decorating theme is
changed annually, so each year
the Manor has a very different
Individual rooms are decorated by scores of volunteers
from northern New Jersey
garden clubs, Master Gardener
programs, etc.
Daytime tours of the NJBG
Holiday Open House are available Thursday through Sunday,
December 4-7, 2014, from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is
$8 for adults, $7 for seniors,
$5 for children 6-12, and free
for children under six. No
babystrollers. Group tours are
available. Call 973-962-9534.
• Champagne and Candlelight Tours will be available
Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. Cost $40 pp.
The Manor will be yours
for a leisurely stroll with champagne, light refreshments and
valet parking. By reservation
and subject to availability.
Call the NJBG office at 973962-9534.
For more information go
to: ###
Christmas in
the Ballantine
Each year, the Museum’s
National Historic Landmark,
the 1885 Ballantine House,
offers visitors a taste of how
Christmas was celebrated
in late Victorian Newark, as
English, German and Dutch
holiday traditions merged into
something not so very different from the way the holiday
is celebrated in America today.
This historically accurate
installation offers the opportunity to step back in time to
learn about 19th-century life
and traditions. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition)
to the wooden shoes by the
hearth (a Dutch tradition) to
the stockings on the chimney
and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions),
visitors can get a sense of how
Christmas evolved into a homebased secular holiday in the
19th century.
The exhibit opens Friday,
November 28, 2014 and runs
through January 4, 2015. Newark Museum is located at 49
Washington Street, Newark.
Suggested Museum admission is as follows: adults: $12,
Veterans and their families
with valid ID -- $7 and children, seniors and students with
valid ID -- $7.
Convenient parking is
available for a fee. For general
information, call 973-596-6550
or visit ###
Annual Christmas
River Crossing
On Christmas Day every
year, re-enactors assemble at
Washington Crossing State
Park, Pennsylvania, and make
their way across the Delaware
River to New Jersey.
The annual event commemorates the Christmas Day
crossing made by Gen. George
Washington and his troops in
1776. It was an historic undertaking that resulted in defeat of
the Hessian troops in the Battle
of Trenton.
You can attend this year’s
event in Washington Crossing
State Park, Pennsylvania. The
event/village activities will
occur from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
with the crossing time occurring around 1 p.m. (weather
permitting), beginning at the
Pennsylvania side at Washington Crossing State Park. Those
who cannot attend on Christmas can watch a full dress rehearsal on December 7 from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. (actual crossing
at 1 p.m.). For more information go to:
washingtoncrossing/ ###
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Re/Max Winter
Clothing Drive
Shop Locally. Save Money. Win Prizes.
Re/Max Trading Places is
collecting gently used blankets,
men’s clothing, winter hats,
scarves and gloves, etc. for
the benefit of The Franciscan
Sisters of the Renewal of Our
Lady Queen of Angels in East
Harlem. Items will go to men
who are living life without a
roof over their heads.
John Tamborini; Broker/
Owner of Re/Max Trading
Places said, “This is what the
Lord calls us to do in (Matthew
Chapter 25) ‘I was naked and
you clothed me.’ We are called
to see Christ in those who are
in need. Please be generous.”
Donations may be dropped
off at the Re/Max Trading
Places office at 345 Boulevard,
Hasbrouck Heights, between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thru
Friday until Wednesday, December 5, 2014. ###
The Hasbrouck Heights
Chamber of Commerce is
happy to announce the return
of Holiday Fest! Holiday Fest
is a 2-week shopping event
put together by the local businesses in town designed to add
some fun and excitement to the
holiday shopping experience.
The premise is simple:
Shop Locally, Save Money,
Win Prizes.
Here’s how it works: From
Friday, November 28, 2014
through Sunday, December
14, 2014, shop at any of the
41 businesses participating in
Holiday Fest.
Each of the businesses
will be offering a significant
discount on their products and
services during this period.
With each purchase made
at a participating retailer, shoppers will be given a ticket into
a special prize drawing.
At the end of the 2-week
event, winners will be chosen
from the tickets and prizes will
be awarded.
Prizes include items such
as a large screen TV, a diamond
ring, an iPad mini, a pair of
Although many believe the
Friday after Thanksgiving is
the busiest shopping day of the
year, it is not. It is the fi fth to
tenth busiest day. The Friday
and Saturday before Christmas
are the two busiest shopping
days of the year.
Holiday Fest Returns for 2-weeks
Broadway tickets, to name a
A complete list of retailers
and their promotions can be
found in the official 32-page
Holiday Fest program, which
will be mailed to all Hasbrouck
Heights residents on or around
November 22.
Non-residents can pick up
a free program at any of the
participating retailers or at the
Boro Hall. For more information or for a list of participating
retailers, visit ###
Christmas Carol
On Wednesday, December
3, 2014, from 7-8 p.m., The
Carlstadt Public Library will
present “Christmas Carol.”
This comedy play features local
talent, Kathie Rizzo, and her
stunning group of performers. The performance is sure
to bring lots of laughs and get
everyone in the holiday spirit.
Light refreshments are
served. Everyone is welcome to
attend. For more information,
call 201-438-8866 ext. 204 or
email [email protected] ###
Food Drive
‘Tis the Season of Giving.
The Hasbrouck Heights Junior
Friends of The Library is collecting non-perishable food
items and paper goods for its
Holiday Food Drive taking
place now through December
20, 2014.
All items collected will be
given to the Hasbrouck Heights
Food Pantry to help feed hungry families and individuals in
the community. Please drop
off your donations at the Front
Desk. The Library is located
at 320 Boulevard, on the second f loor of the Hasbrouck
Heights Borough Hall. If you
have questions, please call The
Library for details at 201-2880488. ###
Advent Christmas
Concert Dec. 12
The Corpus Christi Choir
will present their annual Advent/Christmas Concert on
Friday, December 12, 2014, at
7:30 p.m. in the Corpus Christi
Chapel, located in the school on
Kipp Avenue.
Guest musicians and soloists will be featured. There will
be a freewill offering. ###
The four ghosts in Charles
Dickens’ “A Christmas
Carol” were the ghosts of
Christmas Past, Christmas
Present, Christmas Yet to
Come, and the ghost of Jacob
Hasbrouck Heights
Garden Club
The HH Garden Club will
be having their Holiday Celebration this month. There will
be no meeting.
Their next meeting will be
held on January 15, 2015. All
meetings are held at 320 Boulevard in The Library Meeting
Room. The meetings are held
on the third Thursday of the
month beginning with refreshments at 6:45 p.m.
They meet from September
until June. This past year they
welcomed many speakers and
invited the public from the surrounding towns to join. They
are always looking for new
members. They are interested
in meeting those who enjoy
working with plants. For further information contact Judy
at 201-288-2615. ###
Wreaths &
Grave Blankets
The Moonachie First Aid
and Rescue Squad is holding
their Annual Christmas Wreath
and Grave Blanket Sale.
Fully deocorated wreaths
22” to 24” cost only $15. Grave
blankets from 2 1/2’ to 3’ are
only $25. Pre-orders are encouraged. Please call Joann at
201-927-9224. ###
Santa’s Reindeers are Dasher,
Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner and
Dear Editor:
I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says “If you
see it in The Sun it’s so.” Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?
343 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
(201) 288-0299
Virginia O’Hanlon
Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which
is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be
men’s or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an
ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured
by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity
and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest
beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!
It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike
faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have
no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood
fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get
your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa
Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that
prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus.
The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.
No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from
now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to
make glad the heart of childhood.
Francis P. Church, Published in The New York Sun, September 21, 1897
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December 2014 The Gazette Newspaper - PAGE 11
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The Wood-Ridge Historical Society will host a Birthday
Party, and you are invited to
attend! Come to the Bianchi
House, 111 First Street, WoodRidge, on Sunday, December 7,
2014, at 1:30 p.m.
The Borough of WoodRidge will be 120 years old,
and the Society wants you to
join the celebration!
Seasonal and Country Music will be provided by the
Buckshot Band whose performance at past events has
delighted attendees.
Ref resh ment s w ill be
served. There is no admission
charge, but donations in support of the Society’s activities
will be gratefully accepted.
Provided by Dottie Dobek. ###
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Trip to Mt.
Airy Lodge &
Casino Jan. 19
Rosary Confraternity Trip
is sponsoring a trip to Mt. Airy
Lodge & Casino on Monday,
January 19, 2015.
The bus will leave from in
front of MSH Church at 9 a.m.
sharp, returning at approximately 6 p.m. The price is $35
and includes bus transportation, a $20 free slots play, and
a $10 food voucher.
Payment is due when the
reservation is booked. Checks
should be made payable to
“MSH Rosary Confraternity,”
placed with the reservation
form in an envelope marked
“Mt. Airy Trip,” and dropped
off or mailed to the Rectory
at 127 Paterson Avenue, Wallington 07057.
Note: Guests must present
valid state or federal issued
photo id in order to obtain their
Mt. Airy Players Club Card or
any motor coach incentive.
For information, call Ginny at 201-715-2087. ###
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Annual Soup and
Salad Luncheon
Pancake Breakfast
December 14
The Contemporary Club of
Hasbrouck Heights will hold
its Annual Soup and Salad
Luncheon on Monday, January
19, 2015, from noon until 1:30
p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church, 92 Burton Avenue,
Hasbrouck Heights.
Tickets are $8 per person.
Take-outs will be available.
Come and beat the winter
blues with some warm soup,
friendship and conversation.
Contact Marge at 201-288-8933
or Helen at 201-288-5116 for
The Contemporary Club
is a member Club of the New
Jersey State Federation of
Women's Clubs, a service organization dedicated to serving
the needs of others one project
at a time. ###
The St. Michael’s Council
of the Knights of Columbus are
having their monthly buffetstyle Family Breakfast on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:30
a.m. to noon at 39 Washington
Street, Lodi.
Menu includes: all-youcan-eat fresh scrambled eggs,
pancakes, French toast (to
order), sausage, hash browns,
fresh rolls, orange juice, fresh
hot coffee, and tea.
Adults: $6; children over 6:
$4; children 6 and under: free.
Profits to benefit local charities. ###
Courage to Adopt
If you’re a mother of a child
in the womb through Kindergarten age, you need MOPS!
It’s a place to let your hair
down, relax and get refreshed
with women who get you. Who
doesn’t need a few good laughs
every month??
Hasbrouck Heights MOPS
(Mothers of Preschoolers) invites all moms from any town
to “Courage to Adopt” Thursday, December 18, 2014, from
7-9 p.m. Event is held at Bible
Baptist Church, 31 Passaic
Ave, Hasbrouck Heights. Free
MOPPETS childcare provided
by reservation only. For more
info call 862-239-MOPS;
Parents Committee
Meets January 20
The next Collaborative
Parents Committee (CPC)
meeting will be Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the
Media Center in the Hasbrouck
Heights High School, 365 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights,
NJ. Rescource table available.
Refreshments served.
The CPC is a parent organized group that provides support, advocacy and education
for parents of children with
special needs in the Hasbrouck
Heights school district.
For more information go
Home.aspx ###
VFW Hall Rental
Hasbrouck Heights
Precio Mas
Alto Pagado
116 Park Ave., East Rutherford • 201-460-0081
Up to 250 Guests
Catering • Dance Floor
Plenty of On-Site Parking
Handicap Accessible
Facilities are also available for
Corporate Meetings • Repasts
VFW Post 4591 • Hasbrouck Heights
Call Artie: 973-789-4860
Pancake Breakfast
December 21
Rochelle Park American
Legion Post 170 and Lodi
American Legion Post 136 will
host a pancake breakfast on
Sunday, December 21, 2014,
at the Rochelle Park Post at 33
W. Passaic Street, from 8 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, coffee, tea, crumb
cake (while it lasts) and fruit
cocktail for $4. Children under
10 free. Proceeds to benefit
Autism. ###
Pancake Breakfast
January 11
The Lodi Fire Department Honor Guard is hosting a
Pancake Breakfast on Sunday,
January 11, 2015 from 8 a.m. to
noon at the Lodi Moose Lodge
#1971, 215 Charles Street,
Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice,
coffee, tea, etc. There will be a
50/50. Donation: $8 Adults and
$5 for children under 12. For
tickets call Mike at 973-8680976 or Anthony at 862-2475777. ###
Community Chest
Seeks Donations
The 69th Annual Drive of
the Community Chest of Rutherford is underway. Voluntary
contributions are supplemented
with activities such as the Annual Postcard Show in March.
This popular event may lead to
a local Postcard Club for collectors in Bergen, Essex, Hudson
and Passaic Counties. For
information contact Virginia
Marass at 201-939-8782
Local non profits receiving
support from the chest include
Boy and Girl Scout units,
Bridge Builders, Meadowlands
Museum, Rutherford Community Food Pantry, Rutherford
Social Services and Starfish of
Rutherford. Send donations
to: The Community Chest of
Rutherford, Inc., PO Box 263,
Rutherford, NJ 07070. ###
PAGE 12 - The Gazette Newspaper December 2014
Basic ESL
The Rutherford Public
Library has ongoing Basic
English as a Second Language
classes taught by a certified
ESL instructor. The classes
are intended for beginner to
intermediate level students
and will be held on Monday
and Wednesday evenings from
6 – 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday
and Thursday mornings from
10 – 11:30 a.m. Students may
register at the Reference Desk.
For more information, please
call 201-939-8600, ext. 7. ###
Conversation Group
English language learners
are invited to attend the English
Conversation Group at The
Rutherford Public Library.
The group will meet on
Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m.
on all following Mondays; and
on Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m.
The group provides a good
opportunity to practice spoken
English in an informal setting.
This is a free program and all
are welcome. No registration
is required. For information,
call 201-939-8600, ext. 7. ###
ESL Classes
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library holds ESL classes
three times a week, every
Monday, Friday and Saturday
morning at 10:15 a.m. No registration is required. ###
Computer Classes
at Lodi Library
Lodi Library offers free,
small group computer classes
for Lodi residents on Tuesday
and Saturday afternoons from
1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and
2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
December 2014 classes are:
• Computer Basics - December 2 and 6
• Internet Basics - December 9 and 13
• Introduction to Microsoft
Word 2010 - December 16 and
• Email Basics - December
• Facebook Basics - December 27 and 30
Registration and a $5 refundable deposit per class is
required. For more information, call 973-365-4044. ###
The Book Thief
On Tuesday, December 30,
2014, at 6:30 p.m., The Friends
of The Library of Rutherford
will present a free screening
of “The Book Thief,” starring
Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush
and Emily Watson. The film
will be shown in The Library
Auditorium. ###
Offers Tips
The JFK Memorial Library in Wallington is pleased
to host Ms. Julie Harrington,
RD, who works as a dietitian
for ShopRite.
On Tuesday, December 9,
2014, at 6 p.m., Julie will offer some healthier and lighter
recipes to help keep off those
extra holiday pounds.
She will also have tips
and advice on lots of subjects
and will be glad to answer
questions you may have about
health, diet, cooking and eating.
All are welcome! Dessert and coffee will be served.
Registration required. Call
973-471-1692 with your name
and phone number to register.
JFK Memorial Library, 92 Hathaway Street, Wallington. ###
Yoga Classes
Yoga classes will resume
at The Carlstadt Library. Class
2 will begin December 6, 2014
and run until February 14,
Call 201-438-8866 ext.
204 to register. Anyone with a
valid library card is welcome
to register, though priority is
given to Carlstadt residents.
The Carlstadt Public Library
is located at 420 Hackensack
Street. ###
Chilton Auto
Repair Manuals
Winter is coming! Need
tips on winterizing your car?
Looking to do your own car
repairs? For help or how-to’s,
check out Rutherford Public
Library’s new resource, Chilton Auto Repair Manuals, a
free database for Rutherford
Library card holders.
Chilton Repair Manuals
are well known to do-it-yourself automotive enthusiasts
and professionals. Now get the
detailed information you need
to tackle vehicle maintenance
and repairs from the database
any time of day or night. Log
on to,
scroll down to the bottom of
the home page, click on Chilton
Auto Repair and type in your
Library card number.
Chilton’s also includes
ASE test prep quizzes for the
most popular certification exams. ###
Free Movies
On Wednesdays, starting
at 1:30 p.m., free movies will be
shown at The Lodi Memorial
Library. For more information,
call 973-365-4044. ###
What’s Cooking?
Knit, Read
On Tuesday, December
and Discuss 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the
The Knit One, Read Two
knitting/book discussion group
at The Rutherford Public Library will meet on Wednesday,
December 3, 2014, at 6:30 p.m,
to discuss “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë.
The meeting will be held
in The Library Auditorium.
All those who knit or crochet
are warmly invited to bring
their needlework and join the
discussion. Copies of the books
are available at the Circulation
Desk. For more information,
please e-mail Peg Mellett at
[email protected] ###
The Round House
On Friday, December 5,
2014, at 1:30 p.m., the Daytime
Reading Group will meet at
The Rutherford Public Library
to discuss “The Round House”
by Louise Erdich. Copies of
the book are available at the
circulation desk. ###
The Things
They Carried
On Monday, December 15,
2014, at 6:30 p.m., the Monday
Evening Reading Group will
meet at The Rutherford Public
Library to discuss “The Things
They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.
Copies of the book are available
at the circulation desk. ###
The Center
of Everything
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 7-8 p.m.,
The Carlstadt Public Library
will hold their monthly Book
Discussion Group meeting and
will discuss “The Center of Everything” by Laura Moriarty.
Refreshments will be served,
Call 201- 438-8866 for
more information. The Carlstadt Public Library is located
at 420 Hackensack Street,
Carlstadt. ###
Make your
s ial gath
mem ble
Wood-Ridge Senior Center,
The Museum of Early Trades
will present their program for
seniors called What’s Cooking. Participants will handle
museum artifacts dealing with
cooking, figure out what the
objects are and how they were
used in the past. Some of the
objects may have been in the
participants’ homes when they
were young children.
Registration required. For
more information call 201-4382455. ###
Holiday Craft Event
for Teens/Adults
To celebrate the start of the
holiday season, The Free Public
Library of Hasbrouck Heights
will sponsor a fun-filled afternoon for teens and adults to
create their own symbol of the
season, a snowman, for a table
or mantle to be enjoyed by the
whole family.
It will be held on Wednesday afternoon, December 17,
2014, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. All
supplies will be provided to
create your own unique snowman. But, you must bring
some imagination. Prizes will
be awarded. Judges will be
selected from the participants.
To register, call 201-288-0488
or log on to and go to
calendar. ###
Chess Club –
Children and
Beginner Adults
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library hosts a free Chess
Club every Wednesday, from
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for children and 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. for
adult beginners only (adults
must register).
Designed for children of
all ages and ability levels, the
Chess Club is led by a coach
who can teach new chess players the basics, and help experienced children sharpen their
skills. For more information,
call 201-438-2455. ###
Stitch & Knit
Every Thursday from 6:30
to 7:30 p.m., children, First
Grade and up, along with their
families, learn to knit and
crochet. We supply the yarn.
Beginners welcome. For more
information, call 973-3654044. ###
Professional Tutor for
High School Level English providing 1-on-1 help
on course assignments,
reading comprehension,
grammar, vocabular y,
literature analysis, etc.
$40 per hour. Contact
Ashley at 201-615-7869
for a free evaluation.
Zach Orden, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
All Phases of Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
513 Boulevard
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
4 Bergen Street
Westwood, NJ
Cell: 201-739-9878
E-Mail:[email protected]
Check out:
Jerry's Barber Shop
460 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights
8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday -- Friday
Walk-ins welcome
Established 1927
The Victorian
Tea House Café
Need a unique setting for a
special treat? Relax in a true
1880 Victorian setting with
freshly brewed tea, scones,
clotted cream, finger sandwiches and more. Seating
from 2 to 18. Custom menu
available. Call for reservations
at 201-488-6651.
Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Pick-up/Delivery Service Available
Very Clean • Well Lit • 24-hour Security
32 Washers • 32 Dryers • TV • Self-service
195 Rt. 46 West • Lodi
973-365-0101 • 201-354-8426
[email protected]
December 2014 The Gazette Newspaper - PAGE 13
Planes: Fire
and Rescue
Friday Matinee
Little Cool
Music School
On Friday, December 12,
2014, at 3:45 p.m. all children ages 5 and up are invited
to a free movie screening of
“Planes: Fire and Rescue” at
The Rutherford Public Library.
The movie is rated PG. No advance registration is required.
An adult caregiver must remain
with any child under the age
of seven for the duration of the
film. For more information,
call the Children’s Department
at 201-939-8600, ext. 6. ###
The Rutherford Public
Library will host Little Cool
Music School on Fridays, December 5, 12, and 19, 2014,
from 11:15-11:45 a.m. for preschool children.
Guitar Bob will play original and also favorite familiar
children’s songs for dancing
and fun. No advance registration is required. This program
is funded by The Friends of The
Library of Rutherford. ###
Movie After
The Lodi Memorial Library offers children’s movies
for K age and up every Tuesday
from 5:15 to 7:30. For more
info, call 973-365-4044. ###
VFW Hall Rental
Little Ferry
Up to 150 Guests
Catering • DJ • Dance Floor
Plenty of On-Site Parking
Facilities are also available for
Meetings • Events • Repasts
Sweet 16 • Weddings • Parties
VFW Post 809 • 201-641-9759
Main Street, Little Ferry
Carlstadt YA Club
The Carlstadt Public Library YA Club is back in full
swing! Grades 5 and up meet
on the second Tuesday of every
month. For future events and
times, please check calendar
of events on their website! ###
Teen Cafe
On Wednesdays, starting
at 3.45 p.m., The Lodi Memorial Library offers teens (age 12
to 18) an opportunity to meet
and talk about technology,
fashion, movies, music and
books. For more information,
call 973-365-4044. ###
Browse Our Wide
Holiday Gift Selection
Let us help you put
the perfect gift together!
Crafty Kids
Lodi Crafts and
Science Mondays
The Rutherford Public
Library will host an afternoon
storytime on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
Children ages 4 and up are
invited for stories and a craft.
Registration is required. To
register, please call the Children’s Department at 201-9398600, ext. 6. ###
On Tuesday, December
2, 2014, at 3:45 p.m., children
ages 6 and older are invited to
create a Sweet Treats Wreath
art project at The Rutherford
Public Library. Registration
is required. To register, please
call the Children’s Department
at 201-939-8600, ext. 6. ###
On Mondays, from 4:30 to
5:30 p.m., The Lodi Memorial
Library offers parents and children to share and make crafts
together, as a fun “pastime and
educational tool for kids by
extending a child’s fine motor
skills, developing concepts like
color or numbers, etc.”
On Science Days, learn
new things about the world
with an experiment where you
observe, hypothesize, test and
draw conclusions.
For more information, call
973-365-4044. ###
The Rutherford Public
Library will host a morning
and afternoon drop-in storytime program on Wednesdays,
December 3, 10, and 17, 2014,
from 10:30 – 11 a.m. and repeated from 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Storytime will also be held
in the morning only on Thursday, December 4, 11, and 18
from 10:30-11 a.m.
All children from infants to
5-year-olds and their caregivers
are warmly invited to stop by
for stories and fun. Make some
new friends and get ready for
reading! No advance registration required. ###
ABC, Read to
Me! Storytime!
Join Miss Kate at The
Carlstadt Public Library every
Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for
stories, rhymes and wiggles!
Children of all abilities up to
age 4 and their caregivers are
encouraged to sing and play
along. Story time is a wonderful, interactive way for caregivers to learn about Library
services and how to interest
children in books. ###
Lodi Storytime
Beads • Bracelets
Key Chains • Petite Necklaces
The Lodi Memorial Library offers Connected Storytime on Mondays starting at
3:30 p.m. and Digital Storytime
on Thursdays starting at 5:30
(except Christmas Day).
Children, ages two to six
and their parents, are invited
to move, stretch, listen to music
and enjoy interactive stories.
Older brothers and sisters are
welcome to participate. For
more information, call 973365-4044. ###
Legos Build
Established 1954
Sam Papasavas, RPh • Linda Stumper, RPh
450 Blvd., Hasbrouck Heights • 201-288-0404 • Fax 201-393-0859
Open 7 days: Mon. - Fri.: 9 am - 9 pm • Sat.: 9 am - 5 pm • Sun.: 9 am - 2 pm
Call us for a complimentary
Medicare Part D consultation
The Lodi Memorial Library invites future architects
and engineers Kindergarten
age and up for a Legos Build
on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
We supply the Legos, you
supply the imagination. For
more information, call 973365-4044. ###
Craft Corner
Children ages 3, 4, and 5
may register to make a candy
cane mouse at The Rutherford
Public Library on Tuesday,
December 16, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
Registration is required
and a parent or guardian will
need to attend with their child
to assist with the making of the
project. To register, please call
the Children’s Department at
201-939-8600, ext. 6. ###
Craft, Story, Santa
On Thursday, December
18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the
Wood-Ridge Senior Center,
there will be a Holiday Celebration with Special Guest, Santa
Join for a craft, a story,
light refreshments, and a special visit from the one and only
Santa! This event is intended
for children under 9.
Registration is required.
Call 201-438-2455. ###
Create! Art
Class for Kids
Learn about an artist or
type of art and recreate a famous work or make your own
masterpiece at The Carlstadt
Public Library. No experience necessary, there are no
mistakes in art! Ages: Kindergarten and up. Held the third
Thursday of every month! ###
Creative Crafts
At The Carlstadt Public Library, make a unique craft from
things found at home or from a
local craft supply center. Create
a gift or make something just
for you!
Children 4 and up are
welcome. Younger children
will need assistance from a
Supplies and space are
limited on a fi rst come, fi rst
serve basis. Crafts are held
most Wednesdays at 3:30 pm.
Check website for more details.
Hallmark introduced its first
Christmas cards in 1915, five
years after the founding of the
Lodi Library
Gaming Days
Children from Kindergarten age and up can play a
variety of games.
Minecraft, Tuesdays from
4:45 to 5:45 p.m., children learn
a little bit of geology, geometry
and electrical circuits while
socializing and team building.
On Thursdays from 6 to 7
p.m., it’s Wii Gaming.
Fun Friday Board Games,
children with their families
have an opportunity to play and
try out different board games
together. For more information, call 973-365-4044. ###
Reader’s Theatre
Every Thursday from 3:45
to 4:45 p.m. for First Grade and
up, The Lodi Memorial Library
offers children’s movies for K
age and up every Tuesday from
5:15 to 7:30.
Enjoy the fun of acting
and performing without the
pressure of memorizing. Older
children welcome. Develop
reading skills quickly through
repetition in a fun, safe reading
environment. For more information, call 973-365-4044. ###
Paws for
You ng Readers Wanted! On December 1 and 15,
2014,from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
come to The Wood-Ridge
Memorial Library and sharpen
your reading skills by reading
to the wonderful therapy dogs,
Rodney and Teddy!
Children ages 5 and older
sign up for a 15-minute session
to read to a friendly dog.
Dogs are certified through
the Delta Society and Bright
and Beautiful Therapy Dogs
Inc. Therapy dogs provide a
safe, nurturing experience for
beginning and struggling readers to practice their reading
skills. All readers are invited.
A variety of books will be
provided, but feel free to bring
your own. Registration is required. Call 201-438-2455. ###
PAGE 14 - The Gazette Newspaper December 2014
The Rutherford High School Bulldog Marching Band which is led by band director Jonathan
Kinne. ###
Open a Cockpit and Fly! RHS Band Wins Tournament Championship
The Aviation Hall of Fame
held its fifth and final “Open
Cockpit Weekend” of 2014 on
Saturday, November 15 and
Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Showcasing the event was
the inaugural presentation of
the newly restored flight deck
and forward fuselage of a 1959
TWA Convair 880 jetliner.
This new exhibit features
cockpit lighting, re-upholstered
First Class seats, and a custom
display case full of period
Additionally, visitors could
sit in the cockpits of a one-ofa-kind 1950 Martin 202 air-
liner, a rare Lockheed-designed
Bush Plane, a Cobra gunship
helicopter, An HH-52A Coast
Guard helicopter, an OV-1A
Mohawk close support aircraft,
“Little-Cut-Up” aircraft control
demonstrator, and the control
cab of an Airport Rescue and
Fire-Fighting truck.
People, young and old,
learned how the flight systems
work. Qualified pilots helped
guests understand the instruments and controls of these
special aircraft.
For more information go
to: or call 201288-6344. ###
T he Rut he r ford H ig h
School Marching Band has
won all five of the Tournament
of Bands competitions they
have entered in this season. The
Bulldog Band’s final Chapter
performance on October 19 at
the 2014 Tournament of Bands
Chapter 10 Championship held
at West Essex High School
earned the hardworking band
their first TOB Championship
with high score of 88.4 and
special award for Best Music.
The RHS Bulldog Band
will travel to West Shore Stadium in Camp Hill, PA in November to compete nationally
in the Tournament of Bands
Atlantic Coast Championships
where they will face off with
twenty-two other bands from
six states. Rutherford enters the
ACC Championship ranked #2
in all of TOB Class 1A.
Rutherford High School’s
2014 field show is titled “Journey from Platform 9 & 3/4”
and features the music from the
Harry Potter movies. Provided
by JoAnn Hughes. ###
The Rutherford Seniors (12-14 year olds) beat Wood-Ridge 28-0, to win the Meadowlands
Football League Super Bowl on November 18, 2014. A Rutherford parade is planned for the success of the 2014 RJF&C program. Photo by Andrew Godsil. ###
Strikers are 2014 Spring Northern Counties Division Champions
Girl Scouts of Northern
NJ Brownie Troop
Takes the Journey
Brow n ie Troop 95524
jumped right in to the Girl
Scout year starting with a trip
to Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff. The Brownies enjoyed a
hayride to the pumpkin patch
where they picked pumpkins
then enjoyed cider, donuts and
The girls discussed where
pumpkins come from, different pumpkin recipes, pumpkin
carving, roasting the pumpkin
seeds, different ways to decorate them, how to grow your
own, etc.
The Brownie Troop also
did a collection for Operation
Shoebox NJ. The girls decorated cards for the soldiers as
well as collected, sorted, and
bagged the items received.
They collected things such
as shampoo, conditioner, soap,
hand sanitizer, deodorant, lotion, socks, cereal, granola
bars, snacks, chocolate, candy
and more.
The items were dropped
off to the Operation Shoebox
headquarters where the collection will be shipped off to
service men and women deployed overseas. Provided by
Kim Lange. ###
On October 21, 2014, the
Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council recognized the U11 Girls
Wood-Ridge Strikers who
were the 2014 Spring Northern
Counties Division Champions,
posting a 9-0 record.
1st row (l-r) Ava Picheo,
Stephanie Turi, Angela Picheo,
Deanna Paladino, Michelle
Murray, Daphne McDermott,
Madison Macalintal, Jenn
Kemple, Alessia Guerriero,
Emily Gardella, Samantha
Eckert, Victoria Drotos, Gia
Cannarozzi, Natalie Cala, Mi-
randa Avila.
2nd row (l-r) Councilman
Ezio Altamura, Mayor Paul
Sarlo, Head Coach Jerry Cala,
Assistant Coaches, Bart Picheo, Ken Gardella, and Dan
Eckert. Photo by Dennis Kronyak Sr. ###
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25th Lego Night
On Friday, November 14,
2014, over 120 participated
in The Free Public Library of
Hasbrouck Heights’ 25th year
celebration of Lego Night, a
building contest for families.
In honor of this special anniversary, there was a theme for
Lego Night. The theme is “Hasbrouck Heights: Past, Present,
and Future.”
There were professional
architects and local “celebrities” on hand to judge the contest by several age groups. All
entries must have been original
and built in The Library on
Lego Night. Some participants
worked in groups.Participants
brought their own Lego bricks.
Entertainment, refreshments, and prizes were provided by The Friends of The
Hasbrouck Heights Library.
On Friday, November 7,
2014, the Felician School for
Exceptional Children students
held their annual book fair with
a “Frozen” theme.
S p e c i a l g u e s t s , El s a
(Felician student Angelika
Kolodziej) and Olaf (Jackie
Grace, a student from ICHS),
delighted the students.
Prizes, book marks and
cupcakes were distributed.
Students purchased books
with Felician Dollars earned in
class. The fair was coordinated
by Mary Anne Protzo. Books
were donated by The Totowa
Library. For more information
call 973-777-5355. ###
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Bible Baptist Church held a Harvest Festival and 11th Annual “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
The Harvest Festival included face and pumpkin painting,
arts and crafts, food, snacks, prizes, etc. A homemade chili and
homemade pies contest was held.
Trunk or Treat at the closed parking lot and hay ride were
not held due to the rain. ###
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Rutherford Ragamuffins
On October 25, 2014, the Rutherford Recreation Department
held their Annual “Ragamuffin” Parade.
The parade began outside the Rutherford High School Auditorium and proceeded along Mortimer Avenue to Franklin Place
to Park Avenue to Lincoln Park. Costume judging, prizes and
treats were distributed.
Costume winners included: Peyton Scurti - Bunny with
carrot; Giavanna Caroprese- Pink Poodle; Lorlei Zito - Jewelry
box; Julia Kubs - Lobster; Benjamin Evans-Munoz - Wolf; Teddy
Recine - Lego Ninja; Oliver Trask - Country singer; and Firemen - Ethan and Brayden Corradino.
The Rutherford Recreation Department thanked the Felician
College Ladies’ Basketball Team, Councilman Ray Tetro, Alyssa
Gumbman, Rob Romano and Rutherford High School Future
Business Leaders Club for assisting. Provided by Barbara Bennett. ###
Rutherford Halloween Fun
There was lots of fun at Tryon Field in Rutherford on Thursday, October 30, 2014.
There were Hay Rides for Preschoolers, followed by “Spooky Hay Rides” after dark, giant
bounce house maze, entertainment and costume contest.
At 7 p.m., “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” followed by “Hocus Pocus.” The activities were sponsored by the Rutherford Recreation Department. ###
Haunting the Hallways
On the evening of October 30, 2014, Carlstadt kids displayed
over 100 carved pumpkins in front of the Carlstadt Public School.
Light refreshments were served. Photos by Dennis Kronyak Sr.
The Art Club, which has 55
members, was extremely busy
preparing for the Haunted Hallways event held on Thursday,
October 30, 2014, during the
1st Annual “Trunk or Treat”
for the Wood-Ridge students
Grades pre-K to Six.
The Art Club met four
times during the month of October. Preliminary sketches,
creating and building decorations, and fi nally, decorating
the hallways were all important
steps the students experienced
in the art making process. The
young artists created frightening masterpieces!
Art Club students were
split into Grade level teams to
create “spooktacular” decorations for the hallways.
The students sparked into
their imagination and turned
WRIS hallways into a frighten-
ing treat for all the students and
family members to enjoy.
The 4th Grade Art Club
team was voted the winners of
the “Haunted Hallways.” The
4th Grade hallway won first
place and the entire grade will
receive a pizza party.
A very special thank you
goes out to the PTA and WoodRidge PBA for sponsoring this
event. Story by Betty Carroll,
Advisor. ###
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Saluting Those Veterans W
Photo by Dennis Kronyak Sr.
Photo by Dennis Kronyak Sr.
Photo by MaryEllen Lyons
December 2014 The Gazette Newspaper - PAGE 19
Who Served Our Country
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Salute to Veterans
Beneath a huge 12’ x 18’
American Flag suspended from
the Hasbrouck Heights Fire
Department Ladder Truck, at
11 a.m., on Sunday, November
9, 2014, the NJ Aviation Hall
of Fame held its 5th Annual
Regional Salute to Veterans
The program began with
the presentation of Colors by
Honor Guards from the US
Navy, Bergen County Sheriffs
Department, Lodi Fire Department, Hasbrouck Heights
Fire Department, Teterboro
Composite Squadron, Civil Air
Patrol, USAF Auxiliary and
Hasbrouck Heights Cub Scout
Pack 17, with cadence from
the Hasbrouck Heights High
School Marching Band Drum
Line, under the direction of Joe
Patriotic songs were sung
by the 20 member Wood-Ridge
Jr./Sr. High School Glee Club.
Their repertoire included: “Star
Spangled Banner,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “Amazing Grace” and “God Bless
America,” under the direction
of Melissa Ayvas Manolakakis.
The Pledge of Allegiance
was led by Cub Scout Pack 17.
Remarks were made by
guest dignitaries: NJ Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, Bergen County Freeholder Maura
DeNicola, Hasbrouck Heights
Mayor Rose Heck.
The keynote speaker was
George Berger, who discussed
the transition from the Army
Air Corps to the U. S. Air
Retired West Milford Fire
Department Firefighter/Fire
Department Chaplain Ralph
Villecca , along with Moonachie Police Chief Mike McGuire,
dedicated a 9-11 Memorial.
Additionally, FF Villecca,
provided the Invocation and
The 21 Gun Salute was provided by the Vietnam Veterans
of America, Chapter 800 Rifle
“Taps” was played by
Elizabeth Ferry, Wood-Ridge
Over 200 attended the
event. Teterboro Composite
Squadron, Civil Air Patrol,
USAF Auxiliary assisted. ###
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Sandy: 2nd Anniversary
On October 29, 2014, a forum was held at the Moonachie
Civic Center to review lessons
from Sandy: Response, Recovery and Resiliency.
The presentation was sponsored by the Volunteer Center
of Bergen County and led by
Janet Sharma, Bergen County
Each speaker presented
their perspective of the event.
They included BC Executive
Kathleen Donovan, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Moonachie
Mayor Dennis Vaccaro, Little
Ferry Mayor Mauro Raguseo,
Meadowlands Commission
(flooding) Dr. Francisco Artigas, and Community Resiliency - MaryEllen Lyons, Moonachie DPW Superintendent.
BC/VOAD Long Term Recovery Committee’s mission is
to identify, access, facilitate
and provide resources to help
meet the unmet needs of impacted victims.
Meanwhile, Rebuilding
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two Little Ferry homes when
Governor Chris Christie paid
a visit and held a press conference. ###
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St. Joseph
Altar Society
100th Anniversary
The St. Joseph Altar Society (East Rutherford) celebrated its 100th Anniversary
on Friday, October 24, 2014.
It began with a 6 p.m. Mass
celebrated by Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark Bernard Anthony Hebda. A dinner-dance
at the Fiesta followed.
The gala event included a
cocktail hour, entree, dessert
and entertainment.
The Rosarians pray the
Rosary and are devoted to the
Blessed Mother. Photo provided by Dennis Kronyak Sr. ###
The Hasbrouck Heights Garden Club presented the “Garden
of the Season Award” to Bill and Kathy Wallace of Roosevelt
Avenue on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 10 a.m. ###
WCCR Celebrates 100th Anniversary
This year the Woman’s
College Club of Rutherford
(WCCR) celebrated its 100th
Anniversary with a Gala on
October 9, 2014 at The Graycliff in Moonachie, NJ.
The highlight of the evening was the gathering of
many former presidents of
the Woman’s College Club
of Rutherford. As seen in the
accompanying photograph
and identified as (l-r) Margot
Carey, who accepted the tribute
for her sister, Karen Drake,
Kathleen Kohler, Maryann
Mayerczak, current president
Valerie Schroder, Sharon McNish, Jacky Waldron and Mary
Remarks were made by
many attending including
Rutherford Historian William
Neumann on the history of
higher education for American
women and some surprising
insights into the WCCR prominence in New Jersey history.
The night featured entertainment by Anthony Tabish
and The 3 Po’ Tenors. Dozens
of raffle baskets and a 50/50
door prize were awarded.
The Rutherford Woman’s
College Club was begun by a
group of women in the early
1900s to promote the Woman’s
Progressive Movement. The
Club’s goal is to fund and award
annual scholarships to local
women and men. The Club is
the earliest and most enduring
Women’s College Club in New
If interested in becoming a
member, please contact Membership Chairwoman Barbara
DeGregorio at 201-933-5645.
Provided by Billy Neumann.
Rotary Donates Recycling Containers
The Rotary Club of Mid-Bergen County formally donated
four (4) trash and recyclable containers to the Town of Moonachie
for their newly renovated Concord Park, on Wednesday, October
29, 2014. (l-r) Carl Hassett, John Panarello, Y-Von Hassett, and
Mayor Dennis Vaccaro. ###
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HHHS Class of 1964 Reunion
On October, 18, 2014 the H.H.H.S. Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion. The
weekend festivities included participating in the High School Pep Rally, attending a Friday night
football game, the Saturday evening banquet at the Stony Hill Inn and a Sunday farewell breakfast
at Fisher’s Cafe. Provided by Dan Vecchio. ###
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Area Seniors Take Magical Mystery Tour
Thirty-eight seniors from
Carlstadt, Hasbrouck Heights,
Wood-Ridge, Little Ferry, Garfield and Teaneck left on October 21, 2014 for a four day
Mystery Trip.
A Mystery Trip is a short
stay travel experience to an
unknown destination. It offers
an exciting way to enjoy a short
break with a pleasant element
of surprise.
You may go somewhere
you’ve been before, or have
never been to; that didn’t matter
to the seniors because this trip
was at a different time in their
lives with different people with
whom they would share new
All the arrangements and
the location were set up by Senior Tours. The escort, Susan,
and the bus driver, Richard,
were tight lipped about what
the plans were for the four days.
Before the bus took off,
Susan asked all to hand in a slip
of paper indicating where each
senior thought they were going.
Thirty-seven of them selected places in the New England States. They based their
selections on the fall season
– foliage, Halloween, etc.
However, as the bus made
its way to the Garden State
Parkway it became evident that
it was going south not north.
In the long run this was good
because the four days that the
group was away there was
heavy rain in New Jersey and
throughout the New England
The first stop was at Hershey’s Chocolate World in
Pennsylvania. There they took
the Hershey’s Great American
Chocolate Tour Ride. They
followed the cocoa beans on
their journey from the tropical
rainforest to Hershey, Pa.
Then the group took part
in Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting
Adventure. At Hershey’s University they learned the origins
of chocolates as well as experienced the sweet, delicious art of
chocolate tasting. For this they
received a diploma.
The trip next took them
to Carlisle, Pa., where at the
Comfort Suites, they would
be lodging for the next three
Carlisle is conveniently
located near Hershey, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster
and York. It is the home of
Dickinson College and Penn
State Dickinson School of Law.
U.S. President James Buchanan
is one of the alumni of Dickinson College.
Carlisle is also the home of
the U. S. Army War College.
This college provides graduate level instruction to senior
military officers and civilians.
A great deal of emphasis is
placed on research, however,
students are also instructed
in leadership, strategy, and
joint-service/international operations.
The first evening of the
trip the seniors dined at Hoss’s
Family Steak & Sea Restaurant.
In the morning of the second day, the bus took the seniors to Adams County Winery. They took a tour of the
winery, learned how wine was
made and then had an opportunity to taste three red and three
white wines.
From there the motor coach
took them to Gettysburg. They
went to the visitor center museum, viewed a film which
provided an in-depth history
of the Civil War and visited
the Cyclorama which is a 360
degree painting of what hap-
Seniors Rock
The Moonachie Seniors
and seniors from various towns
have had a very successful year
of one-day trips to a number
of places, enjoying wonderful
shows, fine food, with friends
and neighbors.
They are closing out the
year with December 10, at 9:30
a.m., by going to the beautiful
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to
see a festive holiday musical
review entitled, “A Playhouse
Christmas 2014.” The cost is
$62 per person.
The cost of the trip includes gratuities and taxes.
The bus leaves from the
Moonachie Senior Center on
Moonachie Road, behind the
First Aid Squad.
This is a great opportunity
to get away with friends for
entertainment, amusement,
pleasure and relaxation and a
chance to win some prizes.
Call group leader Audrey
Evers at 201-641-4334. Story
by Charles Pallas ###
pened at Gettysburg. Then the
coach took them on a tour of
the park and battlefields with
an excellent guide to provide
all the information.
That evening they dined at
the historic 1776 Dobbin House
Tavern; the oldest most historic
house in Gettysburg.
On the morning of the third
day the seniors visited the U.S.
Army Heritage and Education
Center, which is the U.S. Army
preeminent museum, archive,
academic library and research
complex. It is an internationally recognized center for the
preservation and interpretation
of U.S. Army Heritage.
In the afternoon the group
went to the Meadowbrooke
Gourds. The gourd is a crop
like the pumpkin, squash and
melon; but it can’t be eaten.
They are hollowed-out and
dried. At the Meadowbrooke
the seniors toured the factory
where they followed the gourds
from when they are planted,
grown, harvested, cleaned, cut
and fi nally painted to create
unique home décor.
In the evening the seniors
ate at the Allenberry Resort Inn
after which they were escorted
to the Allenberry Playhouse
where they viewed the smash
off-Broadway musical comedy,
“The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
The play, set in the 50s,
followed four girls (the singing
group) from their Senior Prom
to their class reunion 10 years
later. Many of the hits from the
50s and 60s are used to follow
their lives and loves. This musical was a comical trip down
memory lane.
After checking out of their
hotel, the seniors were off to
their fi nal destination before
home. They spent two hours
at the “AACA” the Antique
Automobile Club of America
Here the seniors had the
opportunity to cruise through
time from the 1890s to the
1980s viewing original and
restored cars, buses, trucks,
motorcycles and other memorabilia in unique themed scenes.
Richard carefully drove the
deluxe motor coach through the
narrow streets and countryside.
Susan provided complimentary
cocktails, soft drinks, snacks,
and fun games throughout the
trip. The seniors had a great
time, learned a lot and made
new friends.
P.S. The weather was perfect. Photo and story by Marie
and Peter Gallo Jr. ###
Seniors Enjoy Turkey Dinner with Friends
One hundred and eight
members of the Leisure Club
kicked off the 2014 holiday
season with a full course turkey luncheon on November
12, 2014.
This pre-Thanksgiving
Luncheon was prepared and
served by Giresi’s Caterers of
Lodi. The full cost of the affair was paid for by the Costa
The guest of honor was
106-year-old Betty Kress.
Mayor Rose Heck and
Vicky Costa welcomed her
as did most of the members
who know her. One member
commented that he couldn’t
believe what she remembered
about him.
The afternoon was planned
to provide a relaxed atmosphere
where the members could enjoy
good food, have an opportunity
to win prizes and have a chance
to socialize with long-time
friends and neighbors.
Aside from having a chance
to win one of the door prizes,
all who wanted could participate in any or all ten contests;
such as guessing the number of
bottle caps in a jar, or the number of beaded necklaces in a jar.
There also were contests
testing knowledge on such subjects as Major League Baseball,
sizes of US States, US Presidents, movies, big bandleaders,
household pets, and more.
The meal itself was as
close as one can get to a home
cooked meal. The turkey was
moist and tender; the mashed
potatoes, the sautéed green
beans with mushrooms were
outstanding; the yams were
cooked to perfection; the stuffing; the cranberry sauce, gravy,
fresh rolls and salad were great
complements to the meal.
Of course the meal could
not have been complete without
soda, coffee and an excellent
dessert. There was plenty of
food for all and much to take
Vicky Costa was a perfect
hostess. She greeted all, helped
serve the dessert and chit chatted with everyone.
President Peter Gallo expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Costa Family
as well as the members of the
Leisure Club Board for their
efforts in making the afternoon
a success.
A special thank you went
out to John and Joan Nesbitt for
the distribution of the tickets.
Photo and story by Marie and
Peter Gallo Jr. ###
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Kevin Woyce Entertains AARP Members
All who attended the Central Bergen Chapter #418,
AARP meeting on November
14, 2014 were treated to an
outstanding presentation about
“The Paterson Falls.”
Author, photographer and
lecturer Kevin Woyce presented a historical slide show
to explain how the history of
the Falls was interwoven with
the history of Paterson.
Kevin explained how Alexander Hamilton was so impressed by the Falls that he
pushed hard to establish the
city of Paterson. Hamilton
believed that the falls would
become the center of manufacturing on the northeast coast;
Paterson was known as “Lyon”
of America. Lyon, France was
the center of silk manufacturing industry worldwide.
The slide show included
many original photographs as
well as a wealth of information
about Paterson, the Lambert
Castle and historical facts about
people, places, and events.
Kevin Woyce is a well
known author, historian and
lecturer. Some of the books he
has written and programs he
has presented are “The History
of the Jersey Shore,” “New Jersey State Parks,” “Lighthouses
of the Jersey Shore,” “The
Palisades,” “The Statue of Liberty,” “The Paterson Falls,” and
“Hudson River Lighthouses
and History.” He is currently
writing about “The Manhattan
Bridges.” Story by Peter Gallo
Jr. ###
Carlstadt Senior Friendship Club
At the first meeting in
November, the Club again honored Veterans with a delicious
catered lunch. All Carlstadt
Veterans were invited and
many from the VFW and the
American Legion did attend.
Women from the Ladies Auxiliaries were also recognized.
This year they added a
guest appearance by Joe McGonigal, a well known and
accomplished bagpiper.
Joe performed some tunes,
but the real highlight came
when he played the military set
consisting of songs from each
branch of the armed services.
The Vets were asked to
stand when they heard the
song from their own branch
for a moment of recognition.
Joe finished off this patriotic
tribute by piping “God Bless
The hall was decorated
with flags and emblems and
many seniors dressed in red,
white and blue.
One of the members honored her father’s service by
wearing his original sailor’s
hat. She also brought with her
a banner with his picture from
his days as a chief petty officer
in the US Navy. Provided by
Joanne Kearney. ###
Creatures and Covens
This October, many of the members of the Carlstadt Senior
Friendship Club decided to dress in costumes for their Halloween
celebration. It was the first time and it turned out to be a lot of
fun. There were many, many witches (is there a coven in Carlstadt?), some scary creatures of the night, a scarecrow, a wife of
the Sheik of Araby, some cowpokes, even a doctor. Treats were
enjoyed by all. JK.###
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December 2014
Heights Senior Calendar
Open to All Hasbrouck Heights Seniors
Monday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Games, cards & coffee
11:00 a.m. Mahjong
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior Lounge open to all
Tuesday, December 2, 9, 16, 23
10:00 a.m. Line Dancing $1.00
2:00 p.m. Adv. Chair Yoga $1.00
6:00 p.m. Card Game Night
Wednesday, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 a.m. Games, cards & coffee
10:00 a.m. Mahjong
2:00 p.m. Senior Aerobics $1.00
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Senior Lounge open to all
Thursday, December 4, 11, 18
10:00 a.m. Games, cards & coffee
11:00 a.m. Mahjong
2:00 p.m. Senior Yoga $1.00
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Senior Lounge open to all
Friday, December 5, 19
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Games, cards & coffee
12 p.m. Zumba Gold $1.00
Friday, December 12
10:00 a.m. Fun Bingo
12 p.m. Zumba Gold $1.00
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Games, cards & coffee
Check Center Bulletin Board for any changes
Wednesday, December 10 at 1 p.m.
All seniors are invited to a complimentary performance of the Hasbrouck Heights Middle School
Musical “Golly Gee Whiz!” which will be held in the
Kiefer Auditorium.
The musical was the winner of the National Youth
Theatre Award for Outstanding New Musical. It is a
loving tribute to the terrific Mickey Rooney and Judy
Garland Hollywood film musicals of the 1930s and
40s that portrayed the “can do” attitude of the younger generation.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Enjoy the Feast of St. Joseph. Cost is $60. More
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About the Flu
How Flu Spreads
People with flu can spread
it to others up to about 6 feet
away. Most experts think that
flu viruses are spread mainly
by droplets made when people
with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
These droplets can land in
the mouths or noses of people
who are nearby or possibly be
inhaled into the lungs. Less
often, a person might also get
flu by touching a surface or
object that has flu virus on it
and then touching their own
mouth or nose.
To avoid t h is, people
should wash their hands often
with soap and water. If soap
and water are not available,
use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Linens, eating utensils, and
dishes belonging to those who
are sick should not be shared
without washing thoroughly
first. Eating utensils can be
washed either in a dishwasher
or by hand with water and soap
and do not need to be cleaned
The Flu Is Contagious
Most healthy adults may
be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms
develop and up to 5 to 7 days
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after becoming sick.
Children may pass the
virus for longer than 7 days.
Symptoms start 1 to 4 days
after the virus enters the body.
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be able to pass on the flu to
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Mental Illness
The First Presbyterian
Church of Rutherford presents Mental Health Clinician,
Ms. Ashley Cali, on Sunday,
December 21, 2014, at 11:30
a.m. for the second in a series
of programs designed to raise
mental health awareness and
help end the stigma associated
with mental illness.
The prog ram, entitled
“Recognizing the Subtle Signs
and Starting the Conversation,”
is offered to help participants
understand some of the early
warning signs of mental illness that can include changes
in mood, personality, motivation, personal habits, concentration and social interactions
while introducing tools to help
friends and family members
start the delicate conversation
with their loved ones. There is
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Periodontal Disease
and Pregnancy
If you’re planning to become pregnant or suspect
you’re already pregnant, it’s
important that you see a dentist
right away.
Pregnancy may cause unexpected oral health changes
due to hormones—particularly
an increase in estrogen and
progesterone—which can exaggerate the way in which gum
tissues react to plaque.
Research continues to
show that overall health and
oral health coincide, so it’s
especially important for you
to maintain good oral hygiene
throughout your pregnancy.
Visiting your dentist will
allow him or her to assess your
oral condition and map out a
dental plan for the remainder
of your pregnancy.
How does plaque
build-up affect me?
When plaque isn’t removed,
it can cause gingivitis—red,
swollen, tender gums that are
more likely to bleed. So-called
“pregnancy gingivitis” affects
most pregnant women to some
degree and generally begins to
surface as early as the second
month of pregnancy.
If you already have gingivitis, the condition is likely to
worsen during pregnancy.
Untreated gingivitis can
lead to periodontitis, a more
serious form of gum disease
that includes bone loss.
How does gingivitis
affect my baby’s health?
Research suggests a link
between pre-term delivery, low
birthweight babies, and gingivitis. Excessive bacteria can
enter the bloodstream through
your gums; the bacteria can
travel to the uterus, triggering
the production of chemicals
called prostaglandins, which
are suspected to induce premature labor.
How can I prevent
You can prevent gingivitis
by keeping your teeth clean,
especially near the gumline.
You should brush with fluoride
toothpaste at least twice a day
and after each meal when possible. You also should floss each
day. Good nutrition keeps the
oral cavity healthy and strong;
in particular, you should get
plenty of vitamins C and B12.
More frequent cleanings from
the dentist also will help control
plaque and prevent gingivitis.
What are pregnancy
Pregnant women are at
risk for developing pregnancy
tumors—inflammatory, noncancerous growths that develop
between the teeth or when
swollen gums become irritated.
These localized growths
or swellings are believed to
be related to excess plaque.
Normally, the tumors are left
alone and will usually shrink
on their own after the baby’s
birth; however, if a tumor is uncomfortable and interferes with
chewing, brushing, or other
oral hygiene procedures, your
dentist may decide to remove it.
Are there any dental
procedures I should
Routine exams and cleanings can be performed throughout pregnancy; however, nonemergency procedures should
only be performed during the
second trimester of pregnancy.
Dental emergencies that create
severe pain can be treated during any trimester, but your obstetrician should be consulted
during any emergency that
requires anesthesia or whenever medication is prescribed.
X-rays should only be taken for
emergency situations.
Lastly, elective and cosmetic procedures should be
postponed until after the baby’s
Because every woman is
different, it’s best to discuss
and determine a treatment plan
with your dentist.
Reference: Academy of
General Dentistry 2014
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307 Washington Street, Carlstadt • 201-460-0995
457 Division Avenue Carlstadt • 201-438-5526
Rev. Donald Pitches, Pastor •
Services are Sunday at 10 a.m.
Prayer and Devotion are Tuesday: 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Family Service & 11 p.m. Candlelight & Carols
535 Broad Street, Carlstadt • 201-438-2830
301 Hoboken Road, Carlstadt • 201-438-5800
East Rutherford
Main & Boiling Springs, East Rutherford • 201-438-4844
Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship
78 Washington Place, East Rutherford • 201-939-2386
Sunday: 9:30 Worship
186 Van Winkle St., East Rutherford • 201-939-3574
147 Park Ave., East Rutherford •
Fr. Athanasius K. Farag: 201-487-4586
Fr. Bishoy Lamie: 202-747-4106
120 Hoboken Rd., East Rutherford •
Parish Office: 201-939-0457 • Emergency: 201-939-0391
Rev. Joseph J. Astarita, Pastor
Rev. Arokiadoss Raji, Parochial Vicar
Sunday Obligation Masses:
5 p.m. Saturday/Vigil • Sunday 8 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon
Daily Masses: Church, Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
Confession: Sat. 11 - 12:00 p.m.
Hasbrouck Heights
31 Passaic, HH • 288-4139
Rev. Eric Dammann, Pastor
8:00 a.m. Prayer Partners Meet
8:30 a.m. Early Worship Service (Traditional)
9:30 Discipleship Hour for all ages
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Service (Contemporary)
Christmas Eve: 7:30 p.m., Candlelight Service
Boulevard & Kipp, HH
Offices: 288-4844 • School: 288-0614
Rev. Patrick Mulewski, Pastor
Rev. Raymond M. Holmes
Rev. Juan Camilo Restrepo
Deacon Vincent DeFedele
Deacon Paul Carris
Sunday Obligation Masses:
5:00 p.m. Saturday (Chapel)
8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 6:00 p.m.
Daily Masses:
Mon.-Fri. - 7 a.m.,8 a.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.
Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. (Chapel, 4:15 (Church)
Christmas Day: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon
Reconciliation (Confession): Sat. 4-4:45 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church/School Websites
Terrace & Jefferson, HH • 288-0002
Rev. Alexei Khamin
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Christmas Eve: 6 p.m. Family Eucharist Service
Christmas: 10:30 a.m. Eucharist
December 28: 10:30 a.m. Carols & Eucharist
Burton & Washington Place, HH
Church Office: 201-288-1122
Rev. Debbie Rundecker, Pastor
Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday School,10 a.m. Worship Service,
Fellowship Hour follows. Child care provided.
Christmas Eve: 6:30 p.m., 11 p.m., Candlelight, Carols
Hasbrouck Heights
57 Burton Ave. at Division Ave. • Parsonage: 201-257-8773
Church Office: 288-4636
Pastor Iraida Ruiz de Porras
9:30 a.m. - Worship and Praise
Wed.- 7 p.m. - Bible Study at Parsonage
Cornerstone: 57 Burton Avenue
70 Home Avenue • • 201-933-1191
Steve Hannett, Sr. Pastor
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. • Wed. Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.
Tue.: 7 p.m. Bible Study
Kids program: 6 mo. to 12 years -- Call
92 Burton Avenue, HH • 288-6889
Rev. Susan Nelson-Colaneri, Pastor
Rev. Dr. E. W. Dreyman, Pastoral Assoc.
9:15 a.m. - Sunday Church School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Communion
Christmas Eve: 7 p.m., Candlelight Lessons & Carols
Family Service; 10:30 p.m., Lessons & Carols for Candlelight Eucharist -- Both services w/Joyful Noise Ringers
Boulevard & Charlton Ave., HH • 825-4923
Rev. Edward J. Glasser, Assoc. Minister
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Communion- First Sunday of the month
Little Ferry
165 Main Street • Office: 201-440-0470
Rev. Veronica M. Pearson, Pastor
Sunday - 9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study • 10:30 Worship
Children/Teens Sunday School meet during Worship Service
Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Bible Study
ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA (Little Ferry/Moonachie)
31 Chamberlain Ave., • Handicapped Accessible
Parish Ctr.: 201-641-2988 • Religious Ed.: 201-641-3937
Rev. Kevin E. Carter, Pastor
Sr. Dorothy A. Donovan, S.S.J. Pastoral Associate
Sunday Masses:
Saturday: 5:30 p.m. • Sunday: 8 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon
Weekday: Mon., Mass 7 p.m., Tues.,- Fri. 8 a.m.
Saturday, and Civic Holidays: 9 a.m.
Reconciliation (Confession): Sat. 1 p.m.
December 7: 3 p.m. Annual Festival of Lessons/Carols
Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m., Midnight
Christmas: 10 a.m., Noon
95 Washington St., Lodi • 973-778-4529 •
Rev. Timothy Ippolito, Pastor
Sunday: 11 a.m. Worship. KIDZ Church (Ages 4-11) 11 a.m.
260 South Main Street, Lodi
Mass: Sunday 9 a.m. • Daily (M-F) 7:00 a.m. • Sat. 8 a.m.
125 Union Street, Lodi • 973-779-4330
Fr. John J. Galeano, Pastor
40 Spring St. • Rectory: 973-779-0643 • Ed.: 973-779-8275
Rev. Michael Marotta, CRM, Pastor
Rev. Aneesh Koovallor, CRM, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Americo Salvi, CRM, In Residence
Rev. Mr. George Ochoa, Deacon
Mass Schedule: Mon. Fri. - 7 a.m., Noon
Saturday: 7:30 a.m., 5 p.m. Vigil Mass
Sun: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Italian), 11:30 a.m., 6 p.m.
Filipino Mass, 3rd Sunday of the month at 1 p.m.
Chrismas Eve: 5 p.m., Midnight
Christmas Day: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m.
Reconciliation (Confession): Sat. 4 p.m.
Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament: 11 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday: Novena to Mother of Perpetual Help: 7 p.m.
221 Moonachie Road
Church Office: 201-641-4919
11 a.m. Worship Service
91 Home Avenue •
Church Office: 201-438-2200 • Fax: 201-438-1098
Sunday Obligation Masses: Sat.: 5 p.m.
7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.
Weekday Masses: M, W, F: 7 a.m., Tue. & Th. 8:30 a.m.
Reconciliation (Confession): Sat. 4 p.m.
185 Montross Avenue • 201-438-4931
Rabbi Nosson Schuman •
9 a.m. Shabbos mornings • 8 a.m. Sundays
Breakfast and learning follows.
Channukah: Dec. 21, 4 p.m. Grand Menorah Lighting and
Chanukah Party
1 East Passaic (Corner of Park & Ridge)
Church Office: 201-438-3569 •
Rev. Peter Wilkinson, Pastor
8 a.m., Chapel • 10 a..m. Sanctuary • Fellowship follows
Church School: Sundays, 10 a.m. - Parish House
Blue Christmas: Dec. 21, 4 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 4 p.m., 7:30, 11 p.m.
Christmas: Service, Meal
128 West Passaic Avenue • 201-438-8623
Rev. Robert F. Browning, Jr.
Sunday: 10 a.m. Service & Holy Eucharist
Wednesday: 10 a.m. Healing & Holy Eucharist
Christmas Eve: 7:30 • Christmas Day: 10 a.m.
December 28: Lessons & Carols
251 Union Avenue •
Intrim Pastor: Ronald E. Verblaauw • Office: 201-438-6324
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. • Communion is 1st Sunday
56 West Passaic •
Church Office: 201-438-4486
10 a.m., 11 a.m. • Adult Bible School Sun. 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Children's Class: 10:15 a.m.
Daily Prayer Service: 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
145 Mortimer Avenue •
Rev. Walters • Church Office: 201-438-0840
Sunday 10:15 a.m.
Christmas Eve: 10:30 p.m. Candlelight Service
143 First Street, Wood-Ridge • Rectory: 201-438-5555
Center: 201-933-6118 •
Fr. Richard Mucowski, OFM, , EdD, PhD, Pastor
Fr. Paul Keenan, OFM, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Allen W. Weber, OFM, PhD, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Francis Materia
Sunday Obligation Masses:
5:30 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.
Daily Masses: (Church)
Mon.,-Sat.: 7:30 a.m. • Holy Hour: Fri. after 7:30 a.m. Mass
Sacrament of Penance: Sat. 4 - 5 p.m.
Christmas Concert: Sun. Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 4 (Family), 5:30, 8, Midnight (Choir)
Christmas: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
New Year’s Eve: 5:30 • New Year’s Day: 8 a.m.,11 a.m.
9 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge • 201-939-3340
Center & Humboldt Streets,
W-R • 201-438-8333
Rev. M. Mathew Zacharia, Rector
Sundays - 9:30 a.m., Episcopal Eucharist (BCP Rite II)
2nd & 4th Sun. - 11 a.m. Anglican CSI Malayalam Srv.
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Rev. Donald Pitches, Pastor
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At this time of year the
daylight diminishes and darkness comes earlier every day
until December 21, the winter
But, I love this time of year
as the holidays approach and
people begin to decorate and
light their homes. I wait and
watch for the fi rst neighbors
to decorate their house with
colored lights.
Who, I wonder, will be the
first with Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving? Who
will have their Christmas tree
visible through the window by
December 1? Soon, I too will
unpack my lights and decorations.
Light is an important part
of many religious celebrations.
The ancient Zoroastrian
religion used fire as a central
symbol of their faith. Some
believe that the Magi of the
Christmas story were Zoroastrian priests.
Hindu families celebrate
Diwali, a Festival of Lights at
this time of year celebrating the
victory of light over darkness
and good over evil.
For Jewish families this
is the season of Hanukkah, the
Festival of Lights. Each night,
for eight nights, a candle is lit
to commemorate the victory of
the Maccabees, the cleansing
of the Temple, and the miracle
of a small, one day supply of
holy oil for the sacred lamp
lasting eight days.
The symbol of light is important for Christians too.
During this season Christians celebrate advent. Many
churches place Advent Wreaths
in their sanctuaries with 4 or
5 candles, three dark blue or
purple, one pink and one large
central candle - white.
Each Su nday for fou r
weeks a candle will be lit.
The candles are given various
The first is called, by some,
the candle of Hope, the second,
Love, the third (usually a pink
candle) is Joy and the fourth,
Peace. As each candle is lit a
part of the Christmas story is
Advent concludes the Sunday before Christmas Day. On
this day, or on Christmas Eve,
the final and central white
candle is lit, The Christ Candle.
It is the custom in my
Church to read a portion of
the Gospel of John when we
light this candle - John 1:
3-5 “Everything was created
through him; nothing—not
one thing!— came into being
without him.
What came into existence
was Life,
and the Life was Light to
live by.
The Life-Light blazed out
of the darkness; the darkness
couldn’t put it out.”
As the Christ Candle is lit
the sanctuary is darkened and
a small candle is lit from the
Christ Candle flame.
This light is then passed
from person to person, each
holding a small candle, until
the whole Church is filled with
the lovely light of dozens of
individual candles. For some it
is the most sacred moment of
the year. As we Christians light
Advent Candles and decorate
our homes with colorful lights,
we join with all people of good
faith to celebrate the power
of love made a reality in our
lives. ###
The real St. Nicholas lived
in Turkey, where he was bishop
of the town of Myra, in the
early 4th century. It was the
Dutch who first made him into
a Christmas gift-giver, and
Dutch settlers brought him
to America where his name
eventually became the familiar
Santa Claus.
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This is the time of year
most real estate agents dread
– even more so than mid-June,
September and January when
quarterly tax payments are due.
April’s tax returns determine what those quarterly
payments will be, so naturally,
right now we agents are wondering about ways to turn our
expenses into tax deductions.
In real estate, we know
- and constantly tell our customers - that procrastination
doesn’t pay. Most tax-smart
strategies take time to implement and come with a December 31 deadline, so starting
early can save you money and
It’s better, after all, to be
celebrating the late December
holiday season than scrambling
to meet the IRS deadline….
Which brings us to one of
the core tenets of applied Real
Estate 101: the fact that a home
represents one of the best ways
– if not the best – to keep your
money in your bank account
and not in Uncle Sam’s.
But the IRS isn’t exactly
hanging bells around its neck to
help you find these tax breaks.
You have to look for them.
Fortunately, some breaks
are so significant that they are
hard to miss – such as mortgage
interest deduction, whereby
home owners can deduct from
their income the interest they
pay on their mortgages.
Many other tax breaks,
however, are frequently overlooked, which is a shame because they’re often a simple
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homeowners can do right now
to lighten their tax bills come
April, 2015. I was looking for
tips applicable to the amateur
real estate investor who might
be interested in the tax benefits
he can gain from his primary
house. Here are just a few…
• Prepay Mortgage Interest. As mentioned earlier, you
as a homeowner know that
your mortgage interest is taxdeductible. You receive your
1099 interest form from your
lender and hand it over to your
tax service at the end of the
year. But maybe you would
want to bump that figure up a
little with having a higher interest rate? All you have to do is
pay your January mortgage late
in December. That way you’ll
be able to claim that month’s
interest a year in advance.
• The 2 Out of 5 Rule. A
huge advantage of owning a
home is the tax exemption on
profits up to $250,000 for singles and $500,000 for married
couples. Most people think
about this profit as retirement
income when they downsize in
20 or 30 years. But by that time
the rules could change or, if
they haven’t, your profit might
exceed the exemption.
If you have either the money to pay a contractor or the
time for some do-it-yourself
projects, you could profit form
that exemption every couple of
years. What other investment
allows you to earn money taxfree!? The tax rules allow this
exemption to every homeowner
who has lived in his house and
keep the first one as an investment property for a few months
before selling.
• Year End Improvements.
If you’re a real estate investor, you know you have both
straight business expenses and
depreciation. Depreciation
spreads the cost of significant
improvements over a long
period of time and begins the
day the improvement goes into
service. Making a capital improvement in December is only
going to get you one month’s
worth of depreciation during
that tax year.
But expenses for maintenance – for things like painting,
floor refinishing and replacing
window blinds – can be fully
claimed in the year they are
expended. So, if you know you
will be doing some major expense category work during the
coming year, consider bumping
it up to December of the current
year. You can fully claim the
expense the next month in your
tax return.
• Early tax planning is
smart tax planning and can
save you a good chunk of money. And money saved is money
earned….until, of course, the
IRS makes another grab for it
the following year.
Mary Ellen Courtney is
owner of Real Living Gateway
Realtors, 201-288-0004. www. ###
Rutherford Taxpayers
Meet December 3
The Rutherford Taxpayers
Association will meet 7:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, December 3,
2014, at the Rutherford Borough Hall.
Invitation have been sent to
the two successful candidates
for Rutherford Borough council, Stephanie McGowan and
Carolyn Smith, to address the
group at that time.
Members are reminded
that dues of $10 are now due
for the 2014-2015 year.
Prospective members are
always welcome as the RTA
presents information to local
citizens in a non-political form.
This is done through the regular monthly meetings, open
forums on a particular topic as
well as newsletters mailed to
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mail to RTA, PO Box 361-,
Rutherford NJ. 07070. Provided by Virginia Marass. ###
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Holiday “Road Trip” Tips
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potential for fatigue.
• Plan enough travel time
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• Plan your route before
you leave and take along a map
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if you need to take a detour
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• Travel information Web
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• Before leaving, be sure
to secure your house. Lock all
doors and windows, and don’t
forget to set the alarm.
• Also, give your home that
lived-in look to repel potential
burglars by having a friend collect your mail, setting lights on
timers and not leaving details
of your trip on the answering
• Don’t leave valuables in
your car. Pack all items, especially brightly wrapped packages, in the trunk. If afraid of
squashed bows, wait until you
arrive to wrap the gifts.
• One tip for packing lighter is to ship your gifts to your
destination ahead of time. Allow at least two to three weeks
for your package to arrive, for
the holidays are hectic times for
courier services like UPS and
Federal Express.
By becoming a Friend of the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library,
not only are you supporting the Library,
but your membership entitles you to various discounts at our local merchants.
For further information, contact Judy Mascis at (201) 288-2615
or stop by the Library and speak with a staff member to sign up and learn more.
The Public Library is located at 320 Boulevard on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building.
times, road and weather conditions, accident reports and
other helpful information.
• Don’t leave on a long trip
after eating a large meal. Never
drink and drive.
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fruit and candles. Since the invention of Christmas tree lights by Edward Johnson, it has
become common practice to decorate the tree in this way. In fact, the annual Christmas tree
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Peace, Love and Understanding
The Wood-Ridge Lions
Club recently sponsored the
Wood-Ridge Inter mediate
School as well as the Robert
L. Craig School in Moonachie
as participants in the annual Lions International Peace Poster
Contest. This year’s theme is
“Peace, Love & Understanding”. The contest was open to
11, 12 and 13 year olds.
The proud winner from
the Wood-Ridge Intermediate
School is Nicole Flores, an 11
year old, and from the Robert
L. Craig School, Katelyn Spadavecchia, a 13 year old.
These young artists’ use of
color, texture and dimension
and bold imagination made
them contest winners and each
was awarded a check for $100
for their talents.
The Wood-Ridge Lions
want to thank all the students
for their earnest participation
in this contest. Special thanks
to Mr. Robert Recchione, the
principal at the Wood-Ridge
Intermediate School and his art
teacher as well as to Mr. Frank
Scarafile, superintendent of
Moonachie’s Craig School and
the patient guidance of his art
teacher, Ms. Lee Ten-Hoeve,
who never fails to inspire her
These two winners will
advance to compete in the local Lions district-wide contest.
Provided by Rich McCullough.
9/12 Generation Project
Since being sponsored
by the NY Giants to join the
9/12 Generation Project, the
students at Alfred S. Faust
School in East Rutherford, NJ
have made a commitment to
volunteer. Throughout the
school year, the students will
be participating in special
programs and school-wide projects to benefit the community
and people in need around the
The educational division
of the New York Says Thank
You Foundation teaches students about 9/11 through the
kind acts of 9/12. The program
supports Character Education
and emphasizes the core values
of compassion, citizenship,
kindness, diversity, overcoming tragedy through hope, and
Every month, our students
will focus on a different community service organization
to help raise awareness of
its cause. In the month of
October, Faust joined forces
with the Donate A Toothbrush
organization. Our students
and staff collected over 900
toothbrushes for children and
adults in third-world countries.
In the month of November, the
school worked with the G.I.
GO fund to raise funds and
awareness for Veterans. As
the holiday season draws near,
the December project will be to
help collect gifts through Toys
for Tots and participate in the
train pick up.
One of the biggest rewards
in life is to be able to do something for someone who will
never be able to pay you back.
This project is teaching our
students the art of giving.
Please visit the East Rutherford
Schools website, www.erboe.
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W-R Lions News
The Wood-Ridge Lions
Club has had a very busy fall
season and successful beginning to their 2014-2015 year.
The Club celebrated their
75th Anniversary with a huge
gala at the Fiesta on Friday
October 17, 2014.
The Club again participated in the Lions International
Peace Poster contest. Under
the direction of Lion Rich McCullough, students from the
Intermediate School in WoodRidge and the Robert L. Craig
School in Moonachie provided
the Club with posters. The winners from each school received
a $100 check from the Club.
The winning local posters will
now go on to district judging
and those winning posters go
to the International Judges.
The International poster winners receive recognition at the
United Nations.
The Club has continued
their annual Thanksgiving food
drive. Under the leadership of
Chairman Joe Solda, the Club
has over the past 16 years increased their yearly donations
from 5 turkeys to 100 turkeys
and baskets of fixings. These
were delivered by Chairman
Solda to the Bergen County
Food Center in Hackensack in
time for Thanksgiving. Over
the past 8 years The WoodRidge Lions Club has donated
over 3 tons of turkeys to this
organization to help needy
Bergen County residents.
Locally, the Club has made
a significant monetary contribution via Susan Frattarelli
W-R Memorial
Foundation To
Honor Six
Wood-Ridge Memorial
Foundation President, Paul
Calocino, is pleased to announce that the Foundation will
honor six from the community
and the education field at the
annual Foundation spring dinner dance.
Tony Albro, the current
principal at the C.E. Doyle
School, Robin Woods, long
time teacher in the WoodRidge School system, Paul
Clemente, two time WRFD
Chief, Ed Garrett, along with
Sandy and Angelo Urato, for
their community service, have
been selected as the honorees.
The dinner dance is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2015
at the Fiesta. A full course dinner will be served. Entertainment will be provided by the
Alan Quinn Band.
Please reserve the date for
this important fund raising
event for the Foundation. Additional information and tickets
will be available in the early
part of 2015. ###
of the Local Assistance Board
to help needy Wood-Ridge
residents. Club members are
never made aware of who receives this aid but are proud
and pleased to be able to help so
many in need in these extremely difficult financial times!
Plans are now well underway for the largest fund raising
event (one of the largest in the
state) that the Club holds, their
30th Annual Beefsteak Dinner/
Sports Night. Tickets ($60.00
each) for the January 30, 2015
event have been distributed
to those who have arranged
full tables or multiple ticket
sales last year. Please contact
the person who arranged your
ticket purchase last year. The
basic format of the evening will
be the same as previous years.
The dinner will be held at
The Three Saints Center, Outwater Lane in Garfield. Dinner
will begin promptly at 7:00
with hot dog appetizers at 6:15.
Giresi’s of Lodi will handle the
catering. The menu will include
a pasta course, plenty of filet
mignon (chicken available on
request in advance), fries, beer,
wine and soda. We will have
our pick the champs contest,
football throw, trivia contest,
and more!
The Grand Door Prize
(chance included with your
dinner ticket) will again be a
cruise voucher of $3,000 from
Cruise Holidays, located at The
Mall at IV in Paramus. This
voucher can be applied to any
one of hundreds of cruises they
have available. We will also
have a number of other top door
prizes including a flat screen
TV, restaurant gift certificates
and several pairs of tickets for
a Yankee game in a luxury box
at Yankee Stadium next season
as part of our free door prize
drawings. You can also count
on a couple of people getting
Reminder, the entire building is “Smoke Free” and bringing in liquor from outside is
prohibited! Note the starting
time at the requests of many of
our guests. The evening had
been running a little late the
past few years. We now expect
to be completed and have you
on your way before 11:30. We
hope this meets with the overall
approval of our many guests.
The dinner is already a
virtual sell out. There are some
tickets available. You are urged
to make your reservations with
the person that sold you your
ticket last year. Tickets that
are not paid for by January 18
are subject to resale. All tickets
must be paid for in advance. All
seating is assigned and tickets
will not be available at the door.
Please call event Chairman
Jack Nagel 201- 641-2803 or
email [email protected] ###
W-R Lions
Celebrate 75
Years of Service
A Grand Gala was held
on Friday, October 17, 2014, at
the Fiesta, as the Wood-Ridge
Lions Club celebrated a milestone of 75 years of service to
the community and supporting
blind charities, as well as honoring the 19 original members
who founded the Club in 1939.
The Wood-Ridge Lions Club
was chartered by Lions Clubs
International on June 23, 1939.
Today there are 53 members.
Event Chairman and Past
President Jack Nagel emceed
the festivities, which included
Keynote Speaker, Former Governor The Honorable Richard J. Codey, a Proclamation
from Bergen County Executive
Kathleen A. Donovan, and remarks of appreciation from the
community by State Senator/
Mayor Paul Sarlo, also a WoodRidge Lion.
One of the highlights of the
evening was the presentation of
two Melvin Jones Fellowships,
which is the highest honor for
a Lion to receive. This award
is named for the Lions Clubs
Founder and is a significant
emblem of the organization’s
humanitarian projects throughout the world.
The first honoree, Jim Love
Sr., was recognized in memoriam, with the Melvin Jones
Fellowship plaque presented
to the family with many members in attendance. Lion Jim
was longtime Club Secretary,
and a special guiding figure.
Although he did not wish to be
a King Lion, the Board of Directors made him an Honorary
President in 2003.
Recognized for his efforts
in expanding one of the Club’s
annual service projects, Past
President Joe Solda Jr. received
his award for single-handedly
taking over the Thanksgiving
food drive, and through his
leadership the Club’s donation
increased from 5 to 10 dinners
in earlier years to serving 100
turkeys and Thanksgiving
dinners to needy families of
Bergen County since 2009.
He plans to reach a goal of
1,000 dinners delivered to the
Bergen County Food Bank this
In his address, Governor
Codey spoke about his concerns for those facing mental
challenges. Jack Nagel announced the Club was donating
$1,000 in Governor Codey’s
name to the Hoene Fienman
Center for Retarded Citizens
(ARC). Music was provided
by the Alan Quinn Orchestra.
They started the first set with
music from the Big Band Era
to commemorate the music that
would have been familiar to the
Charter members. Story provided by Dennis Brubaker. ###
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Veterans Today
By Thomas Marshall
On December 7, 2014,
VFW Post 809 (Main Street,
Little Ferry) will host a Pearl
Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m. All are invited
to attend.
Christmas Truce
Christmas time has come
again. No doubt, you will once
again sit and watch the seasonal
movies that have been played
for years.
Why do we do that? Watch
a movie we can quote because
we saw it so many times? Some
are comedies, but we know the
jokes by now.
Some are serious but we
know the presented message
after so many viewings. Maybe
it is recalling a memory from a
long gone forgotten childhood.
A piece of Christmas Joy
in a world that sometimes, isn’t
so joyful. As for me, I always
thought the greatest Christmas
story told never made it to a
movie screen. You’re not likely
to find it on your TV set, and it
has nothing to do with Santa.
To find it, you must look in the
most unlikely place of all, the
trenches of World War I.
When the war started in
1914 the German Army pushed
through France and Belgium.
The advance ground to a halt
after heavy fighting, both sides
dug tremendous amounts of
trenches to protect themselves
from machine gun fire and
artillery shells.
Things ground to a stalemate and both sides, Allies and
Germans, found themselves in
some places no more than 40
yards apart. The trenches were
a miserable place to be. They
would fill up with water and
rats ran around everywhere.
Dead men had to be buried, not
to mention there is someone not
far away looking to kill you.
How is all this possible to
deal with? How can a soldier
make this more livable? The
Allies at the time, French and
British troops, had one other
group there sharing their misery, the Germans.
You are never supposed
to fraternize with the enemy.
(That means make any contact
with enemy without orders
from above.) The Generals
sometimes miss some of the
small things in life. Maybe if
we let the Germans come out
to bury their dead, it wouldn’t
smell so bad. So, small things
become a kind of unwritten rule in some parts of the
Western Front. Burial details
in many parts were not shot at.
Witnesses reported that
groups of soldiers would come
out and exercise in full view
of the enemy just to escape the
wet trench and would not be
shot at.
Of course, this was against
everything the Generals wanted and anyone caught letting
the Germans dry out would
face courts martial but in most
cases, no one said a word. We
know of this from letters written home from the Western
Fraternization not stopped
would of course get larger.
There are many cases recorded
that it wasn’t soon thereafter
that soldiers met in no man’s
land (the area in between the
front lines) and began exchanging gifts of cigarettes and beef
and vegetables that could not be
readily gotten.
As this went on so did the
war. Men from both sides killed
one another every day in staggering numbers.
Pope Benedict XV asked
that the warring sides stop the
killing and slaughter for at
least the day the Angels Sing.
Neither side paid any attention
to him. The killing continued.
As December came in
1914, many of those on the
front line had seen men killed
and of course, done some of
the killing. For most of them,
being young men, it was their
first time away from home.
Many were homesick and sick
of the war.
On the Western Front in
Belgium an odd turn of events
would happen on Christmas
Eve. A group of Germans in the
trench began singing Christmas carols.
They lit candles and decorated little Christmas trees.
Marking a trench with candles
was either foolish or insane.
The artillery could zero in
on the trench but amazingly
enough, the guns fell silent,
rifles and artillery.
The Christmas Spirit became infectious and soon the
British soldiers were singing
carols as well. Not too long
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after they actually began greeting one another across no man’s
land and exchanged gifts with
one another.
Letters show that souvenir buttons and tobacco were
widely traded, along with hats
and alcohol as well.
Christmas Day saw more
of the same. One British soldier, a witness to the incredible
sight saw one of his machine
gunners giving haircuts to German soldiers. A letter home had
the story of English, Scots, and
Germans singing Auld Lang
Syne. You can sing this song
in any language no one really
knows the words to it.
There are many stories
of there being soccer games
between the Germans and
British. Many historians doubt
it, in part to the terrain, but I
myself believe there were some
games. The number of letters
that claim games were played
make me think so.
One story had the Germans
win 3 to 2. While looking this
up, I found that some Belgian
troops whose towns were now
in German territory, actually
passed mail to the Germans to
deliver to their families. The
next day the fighting started
It is not possible to get
a complete count, but it is
estimated that over 100,000
British, French, Belgian and
German soldiers took part in
the Christmas Truce.
It wasn’t allowed by any
government, not sanctioned or
ordered by any headquarters,
just soldiers sick and tired of
killing and destroying and
deciding to put the war off for
another day and bring Christmas to the most unlikely place
on earth.
The war would continue
of course, for another 4 years.
Millions would die and the
world map would change and
new boundaries drawn, but out
of all the carnage and horror no
one forgot the 1914 Christmas
It’s hard to believe that this
year marks 100 years since that
Christmas Day, when mortal
enemies became friends. Anything can happen, on the Day
Angels sing.
So, you already know,
little Timmy will walk and
Ebeneezer Scrooge will fi nd
his soul but this to me is the
greatest Christmas Story ever
told. Have a Merry Christmas
and Happy Chanukah. ###
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Pearl Harbor Attack Memorial Service
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the USS Ling New Jersey Naval
Museum in 78 River Street, Hackensack.
The program will honor the memory of the 2,402
Americans lost, 1,282 injured, five of eight battleships
that were sunk or sinking with the rest damaged, several
other ships and Hawaii-based combat planes that were
knocked out by the Japanese “sneak attack” of Pearl
Harbor on December 7, 1941. All Veterans and the public
are especially welcome to attend. ###
Author Dedicates
Book to Post 106
Most Post commanders
are happy to get a letter thanking them for donations. Mike
Cahill of Post 106 Hasbrouck
Heights, New Jersey, got a lot
more than a letter.
Aimee McCarthy, a new
young author, dedicated her
first e-book to Post 106. Title
of the book, “36 Week Jam Session” is available at Amazon,
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The dedication reads: “I
would like to dedicate this book
to American Legion Post 106
of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ for
helping me with my education.”
Nice to know that investments in children’s education
can come back in unexpected
ways. ###
Pearl Harbor Service:
Dinner Dance Follows
December 6
On Saturday, December
6, 2014, The Bergen County
American Legion is having a
Pearl Harbor Day Reemergence
Ceremony at Elmwood Park
Post 147, 1 Legion Place, Elmwood Park, starting at 4 p.m.
Attendance is free. If anyone
knows or is a Pearl Harbor
Survivor, please contact Bob
Salvini ([email protected])
so that they can recognize you/
them at the ceremony.
A dinner dance follows
from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25 pp
and includes a hot buffet, beer,
soda and cash bar. Swing and
oldies music will be provided
by DJ Jim Cava.
All proceeds benefit NJ
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For tickets call Bob at 201368-3453, Francis at 201-9061592, Bob at 201-370-1648 or
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Fenton Memorialized
On Saturday, November
15, 2014, Gold Star Mother
Diane Fenton unveiled a street
sign “Matt Fenton Drive,” off
Main Street in Little Ferry, NJ.
The Borough of Little
Ferry held a dedication service. VFW Post 809 member,
Thomas Marshall, was the
MC. Father Kevin Carter of St.
Margaret Church provided the
opening and closing prayers,
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and the “Star Spangled
Banner,” Ms. Maureen Emich,
the developer who created the
roadway, made comments and
presented Mrs. Fenton with a
bouquet of flowers.
Joshua Valentin, representing the family, reminisced
about their shared youth. LF
Councilman Steve Lanum,
Mayor Mauro Raguseo and Assemblywoman Marlene Caride
made comments.
Mrs. Fenton and Mayor
Raguseo uncovered the street
sign, while “God Bless America” was played.
Following “Taps,” Vietnam
Veterans of America, Chapter
800 rifle squad, shot a salute.
Sgt. Matthew Fenton, 24,
died May 5, 2006, from wounds
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2014 Boys State Delegates Honored
On October 28, 2014, Patrick Hughes, Andrew Kalmowitz, Richard Newmann,
Nathaniel Onorato, David Sembrano, Anthony Stefanelli,
and David Terreri, all seniors
at Hasbrouck Heights High
School, received a “Certificate
of Appreciation and Participation” for attending the American Legion Boys State in June,
2014. The seven boys were
delegates sponsored by the
Capt. James B. Scarr American
Legion Post 106. Local Boys
State chairman Peter J. Gallo
presented the certificates to
the seniors.
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Boys State (ALJBS) is a mythi-
cal fifty-fi rst state organized
and administered for citizenship training purposes under
the auspices of the American
Legion Department of New
Jersey. A session of Jersey Boys
State has been held annually
since the first session in 1946.
Held at Rider University every
year beginning on Father’s Day,
ALJBS has a strong tradition
of education, patriotism and
excellence in the development
of tomorrow’s leaders at our
weeklong hands-on program.
O n ly h ig h school juniors are eligible for the program. American Legion Posts
throughout the state of New
Jersey sponsor each delegate.
They expect about 1,000 del-
egates to attend the 70th Session of New Jersey Boys State
at Rider University in June
2015. More information can
be obtained on line by going to
Guidance counselors stress
that college admissions officers
are impressed with applicants
who have special achievements
such as being a Boys State
Delegate, an Eagle Scout, etc.
Mr. Gallo stated that the
American Legion is presently looking for 11th Grade
boys who reside in Hasbrouck
Heights and have a desire to
attend Boys State 2015. Interested boys should contact him
at 201-288-0276. Story and
photo by Peter Gallo Jr. ###
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3rd Annual Moonachie Mystery 5K Run
The South Bergen Rotary Club held its 3rd Annual
Moonachie Mystery Run on
Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Starting line was at the ball
fields on Redneck Road. The
race started at 9 a.m. and "Fun
Run" started at 10 a.m.
Course was USATF Certified and Sanctioned with Compuscore bar-code scoring.
The top male finisher was
Borris Gavilanes, 48, Hack-
ensack with 18:58.12. The top
female finisher was Samantha
Tritt, 24, Wood-Ridge with
The youngest runner was
Brandon Palumbo, 12, Little
Ferry with 33:57.41 and the oldest was Bill Welsh, 85, Staten
Island with 52:27.07
There were prizes for top
male and female overall, and
top three finishers in each age
group. Also, prizes for best
costumed male and female runner, plus there were three prize
winners for "Best Decorated
House on the Course." There
were “T” shirts, food, DJ and
great goodie-bags. Moonachie
EMS and Rescue Squad assisted.
Proceeds benefited Parent
Project Muscular Dystrophy
and other local charities. Results at ###
December 2014 The Gazette Newspaper - PAGE 35
Storm Preparedness
Why prepare
for winter storms?
Last year here in the Northeast, we faced some of the
harshest winter weather we
have endured in a long time.
Each year several dozen
people in the U.S. die due to
cold exposure. In addition,
many more people are severely
injured because of storm related motor vehicle accidents,
hypothermia, and frostbite.
Power and other utility outages during winter storms can
leave you in the dark for several
days with no heat, light, refrigeration, or electrical power to
re-charge all of those precious
cell phones and other electronic
devices we have come to cherish and depend on so much.
So, what can we do?
There are several things
you can do to protect yourself
and your family.
• First, create a Family
Disaster Plan. Meet with your
family and discuss and practice
your plan. Pick two locations to
meet and gather together should
an emergency occur.
One spot outside your
home or business for such
emergencies as a fire and one
spot away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return
Designate an out of state
relative or friend as your “family check-in contact” for everyone to call if you get separated.
Also, discuss what you will do
if you have to evacuate.
Teach young children how
to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
You should also have a
Disaster Supplies Kit and/or a
Go-Bag. These should include
a 3 day supply of water (1 gal.
/per person/per day), food that
will not spoil such as granola
bars, one change of clothes and
shoes per person, one blanket
or sleeping bag per person, a
first aid kit, all prescription
medications, emergency tools,
a batter y powered NOA A
Weather Radio, flashlight with
extra batteries, an extra set of
car keys, cash and a credit card,
and any specialty items needed
for any infant, elderly or disabled members of your family.
For further information
please check these most valuable online resources:
• National Weather Service:
• American Red Cross:
By Dr. Roger J. Szanto,
R.E.M.T., C.E.M.; Deputy Coordinator, Office of Emergency
Management; NOAA StormReady Coordinator; Borough
of Hasbrouck Heights
On October 26, 2014, the Wood-Ridge Fire Department held a breakfast at Fire Headquarters.
Menu included eggs, sausage, rolls, juice, coffee, etc. Photo of the kitchen crew by Dennis
Kronyak Sr. ###
Calendar Drive
In November 2014, the
Wood-Ridge Fire Department
delivered 2015 calendars to
residents as their annual fund
drive. This year's calendar
includes town recycling dates,
along with important Borough
The package was delivered
along with a postage paid envelope to mail in contributions.
There will not be a door-todoor pick up.
Contributions should be
sent to: Wood-Ridge Fire Department, 85 Humboldt Street,
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075.
If you did not receive your
calendar, call 201-939-2387.
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The December full moon
appears on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 7:27 a.m. and is
called the “Full Cold Moon.”
According to “The Farmer’s Almanac,” this month the
winter cold fastens its grip, and
nights are at their longest and
darkest. It is also called the
“Moon Before Yule.”
The term “Long Night
Moon” is a double appropriate
name because the midwinter
night is indeed long, and because the moon is above the
horizon for a long time.
The midwinter full moon
has a high trajectory across
the sky because it is opposite a
low sun. Other names for this
moon include “Full Long Night
The Native American Indians of the northern and eastern
United States kept track of
the seasons by giving a name
to each recurring full moon.
European settlers followed the
custom. ###
MVA with Extrication
On October 27, 2014, at about 17:19 hours, the WRFD was
dispatched to Hackensack Street, for a motor vehicle crash with
a car into the building. Firefighters and EMTs arrived and found
two cars had collided, sending one car into the stairs of 287
Hackensack Street.
The driver of this vehicle was trapped in the car and needed
to be extricated. Firefighters and EMTs stabilized the vehicles
and patients, then began the process of extricating the trapped
driver. Firefighters removed both driver’s side doors to assist in
removing the injured driver. The drivers of both vehicles were
transported to HUMC with moderate injuries by EMS906 and
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