Saturday, September 13, 2008

Support Groups Formed

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Fort Lee in forming two support groups, one for caregivers to adults, and the other for grief support. A professional social worker will facilitate at group meetings. For more information, contact Ms. Olga Derick or Rev. Allison Moore at 201-461-7260. or email

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dining for the Cure

The Italian eatery Franco's Metro in Fort Lee is supporting the fight against breast cancer this entire week--one meal at a time:

"It is a week long event where Franco’s Metro will be donating a portion of each check to the fight against breast cancer and cancer awareness. It is something that we are very passionate about, as Breast cancer has touched our friends & family in a number of ways. Obviously, we want to make the largest donation possible in our inaugural year, but in order to do that, we need support from friends like you to help fill our seats all week long.

Together we can find a cure."

Gene Bazzarelli

The effort is part of "New Jersey Restaurants for a Cure" which benefits the Susan G. Komen Women for the Cure North Jersey. Other restaurants in the region include Bazzarelli Ristorante in Moonachie, Bensi in Clifton, Hasbrouck Heights, Hillsdale, Moonachie, North Arlington, Paramus and Wayne, the Cornerstone in Hillsdale, and the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn.

Hungry for more information about dining in North Jersey? Check out the Record's Food blog, Second Helpings, and Jason Perlow's numerous postings on dining around the area on his blog.

A New Cop in Town: The Furry Side of the Law

The State Trooper academy recently graduated a fresh crop of 14 police dogs, and Fort Lee was one of the lucky towns to receive a K9 cop.

Greener, a 20-month-old German shepherd, is new on the scene. All dogs who graduate from the academy are trained to a uniform state-wide standard, and it looks like Greener's training has already been put to use cracking down on drugs.

These dogs are trained by the Seeing Eye folks in Morristown, and have such sensitive training to narcotics that even some forms of legal medication (like Tylenol with codeine) can trigger their detection training.