Ed Rittberg, longtime teacher, passes away
Ed Rittberg of Secaucus passed away on June 30 at the age of 71. Rittberg was an athlete, teacher, and coach. He served in the Secaucus school district for the last 28 years of his career.
For more on Rittberg, see obituaries inside, as well as Jim Hague’s sports column.
Special youth program at library on Saturday
On Saturday, July 13, families are invited to visit the Secaucus Public Library’s Youth Department for Elephant and Piggie Day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to youth services librarian Lanora Melillo, the event will feature hourly story times, craft projects, game challenges, an interactive Twitter wall, and raffle prizes co-sponsored by the local Cups Frozen Yogurt - That’s Hot.
Elephant and Piggie are two fictional characters from the popular children’s author Mo Willems.
For more information about upcoming events and book reading challenges, contact Melillo at (201) 330-2083 or SPLYouths@gmail.com.
CASA seeking volunteers to help children
County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to assist in advancing the interests of abused and neglected children.
An information session will be held Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 7 p.m., Room 400, at the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
CASA and its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for judges, and advocate for children while they are in the foster care system.
To learn more about CASA, call (201) 795-9855, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.
Hurricane Sandy grants for homeowners available
The Secaucus Town Government and the Governor’s Office have announced that homeowner grants are available to assist residents whose homes sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. Information can be found at www.renewjerseystronger.org.
Vendor space still available for library fair/used book sale
Vendors planning to participate in the 16th annual Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Mini-Fair/Used Book Sale on Sept. 21 can reserve their space now.
Forms are available at the library’s front desk or by contacting Library Director Jenifer May at (201) 330-2083, ext. 4011, or email@example.com.
Vendors provide their own tables and chairs. However, a small number of tables and tents may be available for a $10 rental fee. Arrangements for a table, tent or any other accommodations must be made in advance through May.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Field Station: Dinosaurs announces Museum Weekend
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic expedition in Secaucus where explorers come face-to-face with a “living, breathing” 15-foot Mighty T-Rex, wander among 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, and participate in dozens of scientific shows and games.
In addition to regularly scheduled programs, Field Station: Dinosaurs is presenting:
Museum Weekend, Sat. and Sun., July 20 and 21— The Field Station celebrates museums and showcases the best in the tri-state area. Check the park’s website for the most current list of participating museums. Children are invited to bring their own dinosaur toy, picture, or "artifact," and have it cataloged and displayed at the Field Station’s first Kid Museum.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is located at One Dinosaur Way in Secaucus. (Exit 15X off the New Jersey Turnpike, then left onto New County Road.)
To purchase passes go to www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com or call (855) 999-9010.
State Fair ends run with special discount on final day of July 7
On the final day of State Fair Meadowlands, July 7, the fair will celebrate its guests with Patron Appreciation Day.
A pay-one-price combo ticket will be available for $25 per person. If you do not ride the rides, gate admission for persons 13 & older is $9, while gate admission for children 12 & younger and senior citizens is $7.
State Fair offers free entertainment with admission, including a Big Cat Show, Rosaire's Racing Pigs, and musical performances.
The fair will be open on July 7 from 2 p.m. to midnight.
For more information about the State Fair Meadowlands, visit www.njfair.com.
‘Flight of the Raptor’ seniors program offered
Join Jennifer Pena, master falconer, on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, for a free bird of prey demonstration that is designed to educate, enlighten, and amaze.
“The program will instill wonder for these amazing birds by helping you understand their vital importance to our natural world,” said Brian Aberback, public information officer for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.
For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Meadowlands Commission sponsoring Canoe Trip
Take a three-hour guided canoe trip exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes on Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m. with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.
Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the beautiful natural and man-made scenery while rowing past wetlands and down creeks.
The tour is $15 per person, and for ages 10 and up. It will depart from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, or to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html or call 201-460-4640.