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Chopin Foundation of the US Presents Eric Lu
First Prize Winner of National Chopin Competition

CALIFORNIA – The Chopin Foundation of the US – Southwest Council presents the first prize winner of the National Chopin Competition 2015 ERIC LU in “Chopin, Chopin, Chopin…. Piano Concert” on Sunday, August 30th at South Pasadena Library, 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena (Community Room: entrance from El Centro Street). Please join us for one of Mr. Lu’s final concerts before he competes in the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Eric Lu, born in 1997, has already established himself as one of the finest pianists of the younger generation. In 2013, at the age of 15, he was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he currently studies. Eric has received top prizes at a number of major international competitions. Most recently, he was just awarded the first prize and concerto prize at the 9th National Chopin Competition in Miami. In August of 2014, he received the 1st prize at the 9th Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. In 2013, Eric triumphed at the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, receiving the 1st Prize, along with the special Schubert Prize. The competition concluded with a final round performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Moreover, in 2010, Eric won the 1st Prize of the prestigious 12th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany, where he was praised for a musical understand far beyond his years. Other awards include the special prize chosen by the public at the 2011 Junior Academy Eppan in Italy. For more information e-mail:

Ocean County Library Resuming Sunday Hours
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will resume Sunday hours at the Toms River, Lakewood and Stafford branches beginning Sunday, Sept. 13. The branches will be open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours will continue until May 22.

new_card-1Swingman & The Misfit Mutts To Play For Centennial Celebration
NEW JERSEY – The Hawthorne-Fortitude Lodge #200 Centennial Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 5that the Hawthorne Fortitude Lodge #200, 24 North Franklin Tpk., Ramsey, NJ 07446. Dinner & music… bring a date! Dance all night long to the amazing sounds of Swingman and the Misfit Mutts Bands. For ticket price and more information call Bob Howard 201-925-6394 or Bro. Paul Burkart 201-970-7790.

NJBG Lilac Workshop – September 5
NEW JERSEY – NJBG will sponsor a free hands-on Lilac Workshop on Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm. Attendees will work with horticultural expert Daniel Ryniec, former lilac curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. to restore and improve the New Jersey State Botanical Garden’s renowned lilac collection.  Mr. Ryniec will give a lesson in lilac care and cultivation at 10 am. Lilacs are very popular landscape plants in our area and make a wonderful addition to any home garden, offering floods of flowers and a delightful scent throughout May and into early June. Join these free workshops for a great chance to learn by doing, and to get answers to any questions you may have. Beginners are welcome. Bring gloves, rakes and DSC04611-dark%20lilacpruners if you have them. NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, NJ. Call 973-962-9534 or visit  for more information on NJBG, membership, volunteer opportunities, events or directions. The NJ Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the autumn, winter and spring. In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Clarence McKenzie Lewis’s Skylands estate as the State’s first acquisition under the “Green Acres” preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding Skylands Manor as the State’s official Botanical Garden in 1984. The gardens contain many unique features, including an extensive collection of statuary, historic trees, formal annual garden, perennial beds and an heirloom collection of lilacs. Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors programs, concerts and special events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden. Free guided tours of the gardens are offered on Sundays at 2 pm, May through the end of October, weather permitting. NJBG/Skylands Association receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.
– One of NJBG’s many stunning lilacs in bloom in the spring. Photo courtesy of NJBG.

Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair
NEW JERSEY – On Labor Day Monday, September 7th, the Borough of Riverdale, NJ is holding its 11th Annual Labor Day Street Fair.  This free event will once again be held on the Newark-Pompton Turnpike and Jackson Ave. from 10 AM-5 PM. The street will be transformed into a giant town block party.  There will be over 150 exhibitors, over twenty food vendors and live entertainment all day. There will be many creative crafters with hand crafted works and merchandise dealers offering unique items for sale. The special kids section will be brimming with all kinds of fun stuff to do.  There will be kiddie rides, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos, pony rides and petting zoo. Enjoy the open air cafes along the street fair route offering a wide selection of foods such as hot dogs, ice cream, chicken fingers, zeppoles, shish ka bobs, fresh squeezed lemonade, Italian Ices, French fries, hamburgers, sausage and pepper sandwiches, cheesesteaks, roasted corn and much more. Don’t miss the special Pig Roast by RCT Catering with their delicious pulled pork sandwiches. Any local civic organization or local merchant is invited to participate in this event. This is an opportunity for local businesses and groups to promote their establishments or organization. For more information visit or call JC Promotions, Inc. 201-998-1144 or email,

A Tribute to Elvis – September 12
NEW JERSEY – The Polish American Citizens Club will host “A Tribute to Elvis Through the Years” on Saturday, September 12 at Liberty Hall, 29 Kline Blvd., Whitehouse Station.   Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show begins at 8 p.m.  Ticket price includes a buffet dinner before the show.  The featured performer, Jim Barone, is an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, and has entertained fans throughout the US and abroad.  Advanced reservations required by using Eventbrite, or by calling (908) 534-6230 or

NJBG – Skylands Manor Tours
NEW JERSEY – Guided tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be available on Sunday, September 6, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm. Tours will also be available on October 4 and November 8, 2015. Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member support organization working with the State to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history DSC08357-ManorWand architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteer tour guides, or docents. Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion, was constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. The firm of Elliott C. Brown was responsible for constructing his design. Among Skylands Manor’s many attractions is a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows, including pieces from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art. The suggested donations for Manor House tours are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students aged 13-18; $3 for children aged 6-12; and free for children under age 6. The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring. NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit

Photo courtesy of NJBG

Annual Golf Classic
NEW JERSEY –  Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc. and Passaic Valley Hospice will hold its 21st Annual Golf Outing at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne on September 14, 2015. Registration will begin at 10:30 am and a shotgun start at 12:00 pm. An open driving range period will follow a barbecue lunch at the clubhouse. After the 18 holes of golf, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert will be complemented by awards and prizes. Proceeds will be used to support charity care for hospice and the home health care agency. The fee is $400.00 per golfer, which includes luncheon, open driving range, green fees, cart, locker room, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, gift bag and prizes. For more information or to register, call Carol Newman at 973-256-4636.

Parish Picnic
NEW JERSEY – St. Michael the Archangel of Woodland Park will hold their annual picnic on September 13th from 12 to 6 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family… food, raffles, 50/50, games for the kids, live music and dancing. Beautiful plants will be available at our annual Plant Sale. St. Michael’s is located at 415 Lackawanna Ave. in Woodland Park. Free admission and parking. For more information call 973-777-2553.

Greenpoint Arts Block Festival
NEW YORK – The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York announces that the Greenpoint Arts Block Festival will be held on September 26th at Leonard Street (between Nassau Ave. and Meserole Ave. – by the main entrance to the Greenpoint Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library) in Brooklyn. Time: 11 am to 5 pm. Greenpoint Arts Block Festival is a neighborhood street festival consisting of various cultural, educational, and recreational events with the goal of promoting Polish and local artists, highlighting the Polish identity of Greenpoint, and integrating its old and new inhabitants. Greenpoint Arts Block Festival is organized by the Brooklyn Public Library, Culture Shock Foundation, and New York Dance & Arts Innovations. It is co-financed by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. In program: art displays, photo exhibits, workshops for kids & adults, live music performances, vendor displays, sport activities, and others. Vendors welcome! We invite artists, craftsmen that promote Polish arts and crafts, as well as other local Greenpoint and Brooklyn businesses to present themselves and sell their products and services during our event. For more information contact or call 646-589-2060.

Rotary Invites Other Groups to Join Fundraiser
NEW JERSEY – The Rotary Clubs in our area are planning their 20th annual walk-a-thon for the Rotary Foundation, “WALKFEST 2015”, and are inviting other charitable and community programs to join them and share the profits.  To be held on September 13, 2015 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, this event traditionally allows other non-profit groups to join the effort and keep 50% of the money they raised. Any legitimate community or charitable program may participate.  Youth programs, sports teams, religious groups, booster clubs, and school clubs are some of the other outside groups that are welcome to join this effort.  Each group simply registers with the Rotary program, enlists pledges for their walkers, enjoys a one-hour stroll in a lovely park and then gets a check in the mail for their own program. At the same time they are supporting the Rotary Foundation, which provides millions of dollars a year in world-wide humanitarian aid. For further information or reservations, contact Margit Rahill, at 973-361-2810 or by e-mail at  To learn more about Rotary in your community, visit or call 1-844-ROTARY-3.

ABA’s Van Houten Ave Street Fair
CLIFTON, NJ – The Athenia Business Association of Clifton presents its 13th Annual VAN HOUTEN AVE STREET FAIR which will be held on Sunday, September 13th from 11 am to 5 pm. Van Houten Ave will be transformed into a giant town block party, a pedestrian marketplace – exhibitors displaying their merchandise, a host of vendors, food, a stage with entertainment & music, rides for the children, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more! Live entertainment by two bands: Swingman & The Misfit Mutts Band (1 pm), and the Erin Elkins Band (2:30 pm); a martial arts demonstration by the Clifton Martial Arts Academy at 12:15 p.m.; a performance by Clifton High School’s Mustang Marching Band at 2 p.m., and Medieval Times will showcase sword fights between the knights throughout the day.. We would like to invite merchants, civic groups and non-profit organizations to become a part of this event. Note: The ABA is also looking for more vendors. For more information about prices, etc., please call 201-410-1686 or 973-778-7837, or e-mail (attn: Chris). A special THANK YOU to our street fair sponsors Shook Funeral Home, Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Spencer Savings Bank, Clifton Rotary Club and a New Taste of China. Please come out and support the merchants of the Athenia section of Clifton. We are expecting to attract thousands of people from the community and other neighboring towns. Rain date: Sun. Sept. 20th. Come out and bring the family; enjoy the festivities!

MVC Facilities will be Closed in Recognition of Labor Day
TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that all MVC facilities, including agencies, suspension and restoration centers, driver testing sites and vendor-run inspection stations will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.

Regular MVC Agency hours are:
Monday                      8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday                      8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday                 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday                    8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday                         8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday                      8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Regular Inspection Station hours are:
Monday through Friday       8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday                             7:00 a.m. to Noon

As always, customers can avoid unnecessary trips to an agency when they “Skip the Trip” for driver’s license renewals or through 24-7 access to a variety of motor vehicle services via the Web. From vehicle registration renewals and driver abstract requests to surcharge/restoration payments, provides the added convenience of transactions from home.