Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Fair Lawn Arts Council, the borough's newest committee, is hoping to fill public buildings and vacant business spaces with community-created art come fall.
A community arts movement is afoot in Fair Lawn. The borough’s public buildings and empty storefronts could be transformed into pop-up art galleries by fall if borough supervolunteer Jane Spindel, founder of the just-formed Fair Lawn Arts Council, has her wish. The organization, made up of local artists and art enthusiasts, has met only once since receiving the borough council’s official blessing to move forward last month, but it has big plans. “The idea is to bring all Fair Lawn residents together to work on different kinds of art projects that are going to be free or minimal cost to the resident,” Spindel said. “You don’t have to have any talent, you don’t have to be artistic, just the willingness to participate in whatever we do.” The …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The artwork of Fair Lawn High School students is on display at the library's Pine Gallery through June 28.
An opening reception featuring the artwork of Fair Lawn High School students will be held Thursday night at the Fair Lawn Library's Pine Gallery. The "Student Group Show," a juried exhibition on exhibit from May 12 though June 28, is the culmination of the students' work produced over the course of the school year. The Fair Lawn High School Fine Art Department is coordinating the show, which is designed to encourage an appreciation of art among students and highlight student works in a diverse range of artistic media. Thursday's opening reception will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the library's C Level. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Thomas Jefferson's jazz band and chamber choir will perform Thursday at the school's spring concert.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School's jazz band and chamber choir recently performed a show at the Bergen County Teen Art Festival at Bergen Community College. The students entertained the audience with a repertoire that ranged from the big band standards of Duke Ellington to the funky pop hits of Earth, Wind and Fire. "The students performed beautifully and the trip was a great success," vice principal Dominick Tarquinio said. The student musicians will perform again Thursday at the middle school's spring concert. TJ music teachers Scott Avidon and Andrew Brummer lead the jazz band and chamber choir, respectively. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Local author Anna Olswanger will spend Monday night, May 20, at the Fair Lawn Public Library to sign copies of her latest book.
Fair Lawn resident and author/literary agent Anna Olswanger will discuss and sign copies of her latest book "Greenhorn," Monday night at the Fair Lawn Public Library. "Greenhorn," tells the story of a young Holocaust survivor who comes to Brooklyn in the 1940s with only a small, mysterious box. The boy's close attachment to the box, which he won't let out of his sight, arouses the curiosity of his yeshiva school classmates. Rabbi Rafael Grossman, on whose childhood experiences the book is based, will also attend Monday's book signing and discussion. Olswanger has known Grossman, himself an author, for many years. She was a member of his congregation and one of his students when he was the rabbi of Baron Hirsch Synagogue in Memphis, Tenn. …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The New Jersey pariah continues to make headlines.
That was a close call. Sources close to “Tanning Mom” Patricia Krentcil told celebrity gossip site TMZ that the Nutley woman would be featured in a soon-to-be released gay porn film. The sources then qualified the revelation: Krentcil would be working fully clothed and she won’t partake in any love making. What a relief. The 45-year-old mother would be paid $1,000 for the cameo role, sources said. Earlier this year, the mother of five recorded her debut rap single at a New York recording studio and posed topless on a Jersey Shore beach. Krentcil's infamy began in April 2012 when school officials noticed burns on her daughter's leg and reported the injuries to authorities. Following an investigation, Krentcil was arrested later that month. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Ninth Annual Parternship for a Drug-Free New Jersey's Shout Down Drugs competition will feature 33 New Jersey high school students performing their original songs.
Fair Lawn teen Kobi Balkin will be one of 33 New Jersey high school students performing his original music May 23 at the Ninth Annual Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's Shout Down Drugs competition. The competition challenges high school students across the state to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer drug prevention messages. The event's winner will receive a $10,000 music contract from the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey to perform at statewide events. Balkin, a student at Chancellor Academy in Pompton Plains, will perform his original song “Rest in Pieces,” at the concert, which is being held at Newark's New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Balkin's "Rest in Pieces," is an ode to overcoming…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission to more than 150 museums on the first full weekend of each month
As part of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch's Museums On Us promotion, now in its 15th season, BoA cardholders can visit cultural venues across the country for free on the first full weekend of each month, including this weekend, May 4 and 5. There are more than 150 museums participating in 91 cities nationwide. Just present photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card. The offer excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows. You can take advantage of the promotion this weekend at the following local New Jersey museums: And the following New York City museums: -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Richard Kuklinski, a Dumont man who killed more than 100 people, is the subject of director Ariel Vromen's crime thriller.
A film based on the true life story of one of New Jersey’s most notorious killers is set to hit select theaters this Friday. "The Iceman" tells the story of Dumont's Richard Kuklinski, from his ordinary family life to his introduction to the mob and his arrest for murder. Kuklinski said he killed more than 100 people, many during his time associated with the mafia in the 1970s and 80s. In the screenplay co-written by Morgan Land and director Ariel Vromen and based on a book by Anthony Bruno, Kuklinski initially appears to be a devoted family man but is soon found out to be ruthless hit man. Michael Shannon — of Boardwalk Empire and “Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter” fame — portrays The Iceman, who got his …
Monday, April 22, 2013
St. Anne Stages will kick off a series of six performances of its original production, "Jersey Sings: Raising Our Voices to Lend a Hand," on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
St. Anne Stages is "Going Jersey" for its annual Spring Show this year. The local theater company's original production, "Jersey Sings: Raising Our Voices to Lend a Hand," a mix of songs by New Jersey-born artists from Sinatra to Springsteen, opens this weekend. Proceeds from the show's six performances will go to aid local Superstorm Sandy victims, namely a mobile home park in Moonachie whose residents lost everything in the storm. "Jersey Sings" opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Fair Lawn Community Center, with additional performances scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., and next Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and children under 11. For more …
Inside Fair Lawn's Wayne Robbins captured video of Saturday's memorial concert in honor of fallen Fair Lawn police officer Mary Ann Collura.
Fair Lawn's tribute to fallen police officer Mary Ann Collura continued Saturday night with a memorial concert at Van Riper Ellis Broadway Baptist Church. Inside Fair Lawn's Wayne Robbins was there to capture the musical stylings of The West Virginians, a singing group from Philippi, W.V., that performed for friends and neighbors of the Collura family, and Colene "Coco" Walter, who sang "Angel Wings," a song she co-wrote with Fair Lawn resident Peter Prince about Mary Ann Collura. The night's performance will soon be available in its entirety on Fair Lawn TV. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning