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Beautification Day set The Midland Park Recreation Department is sponsoring Beautification Day on Saturday, May 9. Many individuals, including Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and high school students from the Earth Action Club have volunteered their services. Local merchants are asked to join in the community effort by volunteering a little time to spruce up the areas around businesses or by spending an hour at a location in need of some work. Volunteers should register by April 30 with the Midland Park Recreation Department by calling (201) 652-2747. Bergen County Clean Communities has supplied garbage bags and gloves for this project. Supplies may be picked up at the DePhillips Recreation Center May 6, 7 or 8 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Registration is required to receive supplies. Summer Recreation Camp update There are still plenty of spots available for the Midland Park Summer Recreation Camp. Camp information and registration forms are online at www.mpnj.com under parks and recreation, camp registration. Camp openings will be updated on the 15th and 30th of each month. Stop by the DePhillips Community Center Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with any questions or to register. Call (201) 652-2747 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Creaking Tree String Quartet to perform The Creaking Tree String Quartet will be the featured performers in The New Music Concert Series of the United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. String-band music has long been a staple of Americana. While the four members of Toronto’s Creaking Tree String Quartet pay homage to that tradition, they refuse to be bound by it. Instead, this technically dazzling outfit uses fingerboards to leap stylis-
tic boundaries and fuse intricate styles. The result is a Canadian original: jazz forms sliding over a bluegrass base, with flashes of chamber music, reverence and avantgarde experimentation. The performance will be hosted by local slide guitarist, singer, and songwriter Robert Hill. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to CUMAC to help feed the hungry. Suggested donation is $10. Children are admitted free of charge. The United Methodist Church is located at 269 Godwin Avenue. Call (201) 445-3787. Baseball meeting set The Midland Park Baseball Association will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at the Junior Field snack bar. All coaches and parents who are interested are welcome and encouraged to attend. Chamber offers scholarships The Midland Park Chamber of Commerce will award three $600 scholarship awards to graduating seniors who live in Midland Park. Students must be continuing their education in a two-year or four-year college program. Deadline is May 4. Applications are available at Midland Park High School or by calling Dr. Dawn DiMuro at (201) 445-6200. Children’s tennis lessons offered Midland Park Recreation is sponsoring a tennis program from April 25 through May 16 for children in grades K-2. This four-week Saturday tennis program will be offered at the Dairy Street tennis courts. The cost is $40 per child ($70 maximum per family). A five-week after school tennis program will be offered in May/June at the Dairy Street tennis courts, May 18 through June 16, for grades kindergarten through eight. The cost is $50 per child, $80 maximum per family. Clinic times and registration forms are available online at www.mpnj. com, at the DePhillips Community Center and municipal building. Space is limited. Registration forms are available online at www.mpnj.com, at the DePhillips Community Center and Municipal Building.
Golf Outing to benefit MP fire department The Midland Park Fire Department will host a Charity Golf Outing at the Black Bear Golf Club in Franklin on April 27. Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. tee time. Cost per player is $125. Foursomes and singles are welcome. Send checks payable to the MPFD and mail to 45 Witte Drive, Midland Park, NJ 07432, Attention: MPFD Golf Outing. DAR offers program on Eleanor Roosevelt The Saddle River Chapter D.A.R. will present “Eleanor Roosevelt: A New Woman” on Monday, April 27 at 1:15 p.m. at the Midland Park Memorial Library. The public is invited to this free event, which features Rene Goodwin of the American Historical Theater, a non-profit organization specializing in first-person living history presentations. Roosevelt grew from an ungainly, unloved young woman to become the US representative to the United Nations. This is the story of her emotionally difficult upbringing, her marriage to a fanatically ambitious man, and her unwavering support during his illness. The program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New
Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Call Susan Augusto at (201) 529-5653. Boosters group seeks members Midland Park Boosters is offering memberships to residents interested in supporting Midland Park athletes. To become a booster, send $15 for an individual or $25 for a family membership to the MPHS Athletic Booster Association at 250 Prospect Street. Membership forms can be found at http://midlandparkschools.schoolwires. com/mphs/site/default.asp. Call (201) 2519731 for details. Midland Park Varsity Baseball will be at Yogi Berra Stadium for a night game against Waldwick on May 13. Residents and booster are encouraged to attend. Auxiliary to host flower arranger The Midland Park Branch of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s next general meeting will be on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at Faith Reformed Church, Prospect Street. Fran Lauretta of Creations by Fran-Flowers & More will present a flower arranging demonstration using fresh and silk flowers. To learn more about the branch, call cochairs Gilda Gilmartin or JoAnn Levine at (201) 370-9891.
(continued from page 11) interesting story to tell. Dina Manzo is one of the three Franklin Lakes women featured in the show. She describes herself as a family woman, a business owner, and the founder of the non-profit organization Project Ladybug, a foundation dedicated to children with cancer. Project Ladybug’s mission is to provide safe, comfortable places young cancer patients and their families can call home as the children receive treatment. Balancing a career as an interior designer and owner of a successful event planning company with being a loving wife to her husband Tommy, and mother to her teenage daughter Alexia, she is best friends with her sister Caroline, and both of their husbands, who are brothers. The brothers work together running The Brownstone, a well known catering facility in Paterson. She calls her husband the love of her life and they have been happily married for more than four years. Caroline Manzo, also a borough resident, claims to be the epitome of a strong New Jersey woman, and is often described as a feisty spitfire who manages to have it all: family, friends, and career. Described as a devoted wife and mother of three who always puts her family first while making time for her career, she has been married for more than 25 years to her husband Albert. She tries to instill the value of both book smarts and street smarts in her children. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time with her family, she is also the owner of a real estate firm and a children’s accessories line. In addition, she serves on the board of her sister’s foundation and is affiliated with The Carolyn Gable Expect a Miracle Foundation, which helps single mothers. When not working, she says she enjoys spending time with her family at the Jersey Shore, where she has been vacationing for years. Jacqueline Laurita, also a Franklin Lakes resident, is a former cosmetologist in Las Vegas turned full-time stay-at-home New
Jersey mom. Her husband Chris, brother of Caroline and Dina Manzo, owns several wholesale apparel businesses and the couple has been together for more than 13 years. They have a six-year old son, CJ, and Jacqueline has a teenage daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage. Being a young mother to a teenage daughter has its challenges, Laurita claims but she is extremely close with her children. Her family is her main priority and her husband is her best friend and she is hoping to expand her family in the near future. Along with her sisters-in-law she enjoys spending time together and can often be found shopping at the latest boutiques or getting her hair done for a night out. Aside from spending time with family, she enjoys cooking, working out, and going to the spa. Laurita says she likes to pamper herself with regular facials, manicures and pedicures, and she believes in taking care of herself and doesn’t plan on just growing old gracefully. Always looking for a good laugh, she tries to see the humor in everything and is often referred to as the peacemaker between her friends. Danielle Staub of Wayne says. “You either love me or you love to hate me, there is no in between.” She prides herself on being one of the first women in New Jersey and the 14th person in the country to have a Black American Express Card and she claims her history of celebrity hook-ups is one for the record books. Teresa Giudice of Towaco claims to be a true Jersey girl. She grew up in Paterson where she met her husband, Joe. The two played house together as children. They are now building their own massive dream home. An entrepreneur, her husband owns several successful businesses throughout the state and Teresa spends most of her time raising their three daughters. Teresa, who earned a degree in fashion marketing and management from Berkeley College, previously worked in the fashion industry in New York.