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MJ MOVES – Current Secaucus resident Darius Kaleb, star of Broadway’s “Motown, the Musical,” will be performing Michael Jackson hits at the benefit “After the Blaze” on Sunday, Oct. 13. (see briefs)
MJ MOVES – Current Secaucus resident Darius Kaleb, star of Broadway’s “Motown, the Musical,” will be performing Michael Jackson hits at the benefit “After the Blaze” on Sunday, Oct. 13. (see briefs)

Benefit for victims of two fires being held Oct. 13

Mayor Michael Gonnelli is encouraging residents to attend “After the Blaze,” a benefit for displaced families from two recent town fires, on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Millridge Rd.

“Several families from Harmon Cove and Fourth Street have suffered the loss of their homes to tragic fires recently,” said Mayor Gonnelli. “We need to all come together to help these families, who are our friends and neighbors, recover from this devastation. It is a chance for each of us to make a difference while enjoying an afternoon of food, fun and entertainment.”

Darius Kaleb, a star of the hit Broadway show, “Motown, the Musical,” will headline the fundraiser. Other entertainment will include Lyle Leeson, Lisa Howard of “Twilight,” and The Lifters.

There will be a silent auction offering a helicopter ride, Gucci bag, Giants vs. Viking tickets, Spirit cruise, Seton Hall Basketball courtside tickets and VIP club entry, and hotel stays. A 50/50 will also be held. The affair will be hosted by Brian Thompson of WNBC News.

Food will be available for purchase from several local establishments and groups, including Carrabba’s, Mamajuana Café, Mausam, Maschio’s Food Service, the Filipino Society, and Civic Duty Partners.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They can be bought at the Senior and Recreation centers or at the door. The event is sponsored by the Town of Secaucus, Hartz Mountain, the Secaucus Board of Education, the Secaucus Emergency Fund, and the Secaucus Fire Department.

All proceeds will benefit families affected by the fires. For more information, call (201) 617-5917 or (201) 921-7678.

Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest in Secaucus The Secaucus Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Immaculate Conception Church auditorium, 760 Post Pl., following the 5:30 p.m. Mass,

Tickets are $30; $15 for children 12 and under. The deadline to order tickets is Sunday, Oct. 13. None will be sold at the door.

For more information, contact Chairman Bob O’Hara, deputy grand knight, at (201) 902-0604.

Tickets on sale for ‘Great American Songbook,’ CAST’s fall production

Tickets are now on sale for the “Great American Songbook,” the Community Arts Scholarship Theater’s production on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center.

The performance will feature classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and others.

Performances will take place on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 9 at 2 and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors. They can be purchased at the door at 101 Centre Ave. on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find CAST on Facebook at or contact the group at

Jazz program for kids on Thursday

Secaucus residents ages 5 to 12 are invited to attend an interactive jazz program at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

The program is geared toward children from grades kindergarten through 4, however is open to children of all ages. The jazz workshop will focus on listening games, dynamic storytelling, group participation, and an introduction to the musical genre.

Parents who are interested in signing up their children for the event can do so by visiting the library website at or by calling (201) 330-2083, ext. 4005.

Conference to help NJ and NY businesses & towns make the most out of Super Bowl

A Conference, the kick-off event of “The Conference/The Party,” will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

The affair is an event for New Jersey and New York businesses, government, community, tourism, and civic organizations to educate them on how to leverage the influx of more than 200,000 spectators for Super Bowl XLVIII and provide the tools they need to stimulate immediate growth and future opportunities.

The conference provides opportunities for attendees to network and engage in broader discussions on how hosting an event like the Super Bowl can impact the region, enhance its position as a global destination, and translate into doing business beyond its borders.

Speakers include Soledad O’Brien, an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer; Jim McGreevey, former governor of New Jersey and executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Commission; Tracye McDaniel, president and chief executive officer of Choose New Jersey; Wayne Hasenbalg, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; and experts in social media, customer service, and economic development.

For more information, or to register, visit or contact Radia Funna at or (201) 706-3686.

County Animal League holds wine tasting fundraiser

The Hudson County Animal League is inviting everyone to help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary of saving the lives of homeless and abused animals through a wine tasting event sponsored by Bridgeview Liquors of Bayonne.

The wine tasting will be held on Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Bayonne Museum, 8th Street and Broadway in Bayonne.

Tickets, at $15, can be purchased in advance by contacting Barbara Devaney at or (201) 436-1848. You can also pay through PayPal by visiting the group’s “Donate” page. Tickets, at $20, can also be purchased the day of the event.

Environmental Center hosting program on bats, spiders, and snakes

Get ready for Halloween with the Meadowlands Environment Center’s “Bats, Spiders and Snakes – Oh My!” program on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

New Jersey’s “Batman,” Joe D’Angeli, will be the presenter.

“Meet these not-so-scary creatures up-close and learn about local bat species, the environmental benefits of bats and recent threats to their survival,” said spokesman Brian Aberback. “D’Angeli will also bring along some other creatures that might be out and about on Oct. 31!”

People of all ages are welcome to attend.

The program is $5 per person for the public, and $4 for MEC members.

For more information, call (201) 460-8300 or visit

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