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Jigsaw Puzzle Contest
CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Recreation Department will run a Jigsaw Puzzle Contest on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Recreation Center-1232 Main Ave. How fast can you and 4 friends or family members complete a 500 piece puzzle? All teams will compete against one another regardless of the age of the participants. The winning team will receive awards. If no one completes the puzzle in the time allotted, the team with the most completed puzzle will win. There will be no registration at the door, so please pre-register your team (team captain only) either online at by April 1, 2016 or at the Recreation office. Soda and juice will be provided, but please bring your own snack. The cost is $5.00 per team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, call the Recreation office at (973) 470-5956.


Dr. Eugenia Babiak To Be Honored
NEW JERSEY – The Sons of Poland Benevolent Foundation will honor Dr. Eugenia Babiak (of New Brunswick, New Jersey) with the Sons of Poland Meritorious Service Award on Wednesday, April 6th. The presentation will take place during a benefit reception featuring a hot and cold gourmet buffet and open bar at the Wallington Exchange, 363 Main Ave., Wallington, NJ. The benefit is for the graduating seniors of the Sons of Poland Council of the Royal Arcanum. For more information or reservations, call Sons of Poland 201-935-2807 or mail a check for $75.00 (made payable to The Sons of Poland Benevolent Foundation) to Sons of Poland, 333 Hackensack Street, Carlstadt NJ 07072.

Eugenia Tekla Babiak was born in Irvington, New Jersey and graduated from Irvington High School with National Honor Society membership. She attained her Bachelor of Science degree at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1965 she earned her Master’s Degree in Science from Fordham University and her degree as a Medical Doctor from the University of Medicine in Warsaw, Poland in 1972. She spent her internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey and completed a Fellowship at the University of Connecticut in 1978, after which she opened her own medical practice. Dr. Babiak was chosen for our Meritorious Service Award this year to recognize and thank her for her outstanding dedication to Polonia, most notably for being a ubiquitous, participatory, and longtime member in over twenty organizations, setting a remarkable example for our community’s youth.

The Sons of Poland Meritorious Service Award…
…honors an individual or organization whose benevolent contributions to public life through eloquent demonstrations of leadership, commitment, and accomplishment serve as an inspiration to others;
…formally acknowledges respect for actions and deeds that confirm the unique value of every individual, the majesty and unending possibilities of the human mind, and the enormous potential that exists in every person;
…expresses gratitude for an outstanding leader or organization whose efforts reflect a commitment towards a productive future for our children for the benefit of society and the survival of those organizations that promote the culture and ethnicity of our heritage.

Note: The Supreme Council of the Royal Arcanum has existed since 1877 as a Fraternal Benefit Society similar in philosophy as the Assoc. of the Sons of Poland. Their members scan Canada and the US and are a company of Councils that are regional and sometimes ethnic in orientation. This is who we have become and are called the Sons of Poland Council of the Royal Arcanum. We will continue to promote Polish Culture in our community while we promote the Financial Health through life insurance offered by the Royal Arcanim.


“The Art of Agnieszka Solawa”
getPartNEW JERSEY – Agnieszka Solawa, an accomplished artist, an architect and a photographer, is exhibiting her paintings at the Pearl Street Gallery, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202, Tel. 908-558-2550. Her work will be on display from March 30th till June 10th, 2016. Gallery Hours: Weekdays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. To see more of Ms. Solawa’s art go to:


All You Can Eat Breakfast Fundraiser At UNO’S
NEW JERSEY – The Red Hat Angels, a Relay for Life Clifton team, is partnering with UNO’s Chicago Grill, 426 Route 3 West in Clifton for an ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST fundraising event on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8 AM to 10AM. So SAVE THE DATE. Your $20 donation will have you enjoying eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, orange juice, tea or coffee. Gather your friends, family and co-workers for a great breakfast, camaraderie and you will be supporting a great cause. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a celebration of hope and survivorship. Team members take turns walking or running all day and all night on the track to fight cancer. The annual Relay for Life of Clifton is set for Saturday, June 11, 2016 3 PM to Sunday, June 12, 2016 6 AM at our “home” – Clifton Stadium. For more information about Relay for Life Clifton visit If you need information on the services provided by ACS please visit


Family Bowling Night
CLIFTON, NJ – Gather your family and friends and join the Clifton Recreation Department for a fun night of bowling on Friday, April 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Garden Palace Lanes – 42 Lakeview Ave. The event includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, laser lights, bowling bingo and more fun-filled contests. The cost is $40 per lane (6 people per lane is recommended). Grab a lane for your family, friends, co-workers or neighbors. It’s your lane – invite whomever you want! Only 16 lanes are available, so purchase yours today! You can purchase your lane online at or at the Clifton Recreation Department- 900 Clifton Ave. 2nd Floor, Clifton NJ 07013. PRE- REGISTRATION is required. Only one person per group needs to register for the event. Please indicate if you want bumpers for your lane when registering. Do not bring your own food into the facility. Online registration ends on April 7th.


A Celebration of Music Dinner & Dance
NEW JERSEY – A dinner and dance celebrating the music of the Connecticut Twins, Bernie Witkowski, Ray Budzilek, Whitey & The Naturals and more will be held on Sunday, April 10th at the Brick Elks Lodge #2151, 2493 Hooper Ave., Brick, New Jersey 08723. Eddie Biegaj presents a special performance with the super talents of Chuck Pendrak, Rick Gazda, Henry Borawski, Joe Yachnik and Greg Dolecki. Doors open at 12 noon, dinner served from 1 to 2 pm, and dancing from 2 to 6 pm. Refreshments available. For tickets and information call Bernie Lesiak 732-901-9977 or Andy Citkowicz 732-330-0624. Table reservations of 10 available.


International Night
NEW JERSEY – An “International Night” will be held at Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Kline Blvd in Whitehouse Station on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 7 to 10 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tantalize your palate with  international foods and flavors from Italy, Greece, Poland, Mexico and other nations. Adult beverage pairings for each country will be available for purchase.  Seating is limited so reserve early! For more information and reservations call (908) 534-6230 or visit


Joint Base to host Veteran Career Summit
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Joint Base has teamed up with National, State and local Chambers of Commerce to host a two-day Veterans’ Career Summit April 7 and 8. The summit will focus on matching up transitioning military members, recent veterans, and their family members, with potential private-sector employers. The summit will complement the base’s Transition Assistance Program, managed by the Military and Family Support Center. TAP is a national program that helps service members and their families, transition from the military to civilian life with information, guidance and assistance. Col. Charles Kelm, 87th Mission Support Group commander, said he hopes to see around 1000 attendees meet up with 200 or more local and national companies. “We are hoping to have employers attend that are able to offer jobs on the spot, not just an interview or follow-up appointment,” Kelm said. “Our measurement of success is the number of jobs taken away by transitioning service members. (Joint Base) Lewis-McChord had 212 at theirs, we’re trying to match that or beat it.” For more information, contact the JB MDL Public Affairs Office at (609) 754-2104.


Concert At Lambert Castle
NEW JERSEY – On Sunday April 10th at 5 pm in Lambert Castle (at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ) Blue Valley will return to the Lambert Concert Series and present Original Blue Valley Music and Acoustic Favorites. Blue Valley is a Clifton-based, acoustic rock band. Their music focuses on vocal harmonies, and memorable melodies and lyrics. Their performance will feature original music, including songs from their first CD, “Between Rock and a Soft Place,” as well as a few of their favorite covers. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited, no reservations will be taken. This performance is a part of the 2016 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Check our website for a complete listing of performances and dates. ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Lambert Castle is fully accessible to individuals with mobility limitations. However, no special accommodation currently exists for visitors who are visually-impaired and hearing-impaired. The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County’s cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County’s natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website at or call (973)247-0085.


Paderewski Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Embassy of Poland invites the Polish community to the 2016 Paderewski Scholarship Fundraising Concert. The concert and reception will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Embassy, 2640 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. The concert features two very talented performers: Polish born pianist Martin Labazevitch, praised for his lyricism and intensity of performance, and American born cellist Michael Mermagen, praised for impressive high register virtuosity and his ability to flow with many moods. To order your tickets for this highly enjoyable evening and for logistical go to


Annual Spring Rabies Clinic
CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Health Department would like you to know that Clifton will be holding its annual spring Rabies Clinic in Clifton on Wednesdays, April 6, 2016 & April 20, 2016 for Dogs (Free); Wednesday, April 27, 2016 for Cats ($5.00) from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Department of Public Works, 307 E 7th St., Clifton, NJ 07011.   There will also be a clinic in Little Falls on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 for Dogs & Cats from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Department of Public Works, 70 Sindle Ave., Little Falls, NJ 07424. The clinics are open to all residents of New Jersey. New Jersey law requires that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies. Clifton requires that dogs over six months of age be licensed. Little Falls requires that dogs and cats over six months of age be licensed. You must show proof of rabies vaccination in order to obtain a license. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier when they are brought to the clinic. Dog licenses will be available to purchase during the clinic for Clifton & Little Falls residents. The NJDOH recommends revaccination of dogs and cats prior to expiration of the previous vaccination. Some animals may need to be revaccinated before the duration of immunity expires in order to qualify for re-licensure. Administering a rabies vaccine before the duration of immunity of a previous vaccination has expired is not associated with an increased occurrence of adverse reactions in dogs. The campaign to keep rabies out of our pet population is succeeding thanks to rabies immunization of dogs, cats and ferrets. Between 1998 and the middle of 2013, there were only seven cases of rabies in dogs reported in New Jersey, the last one being reported in 2008. Ongoing prevention of rabies is an important public health measure. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, one that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Any warm blooded animal can contract, carry and transmit rabies. Almost all human cases of rabies were fatal until 1865, when a vaccine was developed by Louis Pastuer and Emile Roux. Recorded human deaths in the United States have dropped from 100 or more in the early 20th Century to one or two per year. Most human rabies cases are from bat bites, which may go unnoticed and untreated. If you suspect that you or someone in your family has been bitten by a bat, seek medical attention immediately. Modern treatment is relatively painless with few side effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which recommends that you consult a physician after any bite by a warm blooded animal or exposure to their saliva or brain tissue. Rabies in cats has accounted for 90 percent of the domestic animal cases in New Jersey since 1989. For the last 5 years there has been an average of 16 cats infected with rabies annually. In that same period since 1989, the most cases have been found in raccoons (4137) and skunks (853).   Please call the Clifton Health Department at 973-470-5760 for more information. The Clifton Health Department is a contractual health agency serving the Township of Little Falls.


Friends of the Shelter “12th Annual Beefsteak Tricky Tray”
CLIFTON, NJ – Clifton’s Friends of the Shelter 12th Annual Beefsteak Tricky Tray will be held on Friday, April 29th – 7:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton,181 Colfax Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013. Come to a night full of food, fun, and great items! This is our major fundraiser of the year, which helps to raise the money needed to care for the animals at the shelter. Tickets are $65 per person or $60 per person for a table of eight. Each ticket will include a beefsteak dinner (pasta and chicken offered as an alternative if ordered in advance), drinks, and a value pack of tickets. Join us for a great night of prizes including Broadway tickets, a TV, Disney tickets, a stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas, Jet Blue tickets, and (of course) pet items! We have something for everyone! There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Donated items for building our gift baskets can be dropped off at the shelter through April 15. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at the shelter Monday-Friday 6:30-8 PM, Sunday 12-4 PM, or ticket orders can be mailed to Friends of the Shelter Dinner, P.O. Box 4923, Clifton, NJ 07015. For more info, call 973-470-5936.