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Welcome to MidBergen Communities. Please bear with us about the slowness of updates; we are busy in the process of moving over to a new system, and will be moved in by the end of February. Please don't register until we have moved, as we will be restarting the forums, and adding in comments for the various stories. We wll be adding in new features; watch this space.

We are a community service, covering the towns and boroughs of mid-Bergen county (hence the name of the site). We are currently working with(in alphabetical order), Bergenfield, Dumont, Haworth, New Milford, River Edge, and Oradell. Feel free to explore around. The discussion forums are open (registration is required to prevent spamming). The purposes of this site are educational in nature: to make residents more aware of resources available in our area, notably events, organizations, locally owned businesses, and government services. We therefore concentrate on features; including articles written with the help of representatives of local businesses and organizations. (if you want your business featured, and have a good idea for an article, don't hesitate to contact us).

If you have an event coming up, please submit them to the community calendar (please write us at webmaster@midbergen.com, if you want to post an event). The site will remain completely free of charge for the time being; if pay services come in the future, anything that is currently here will remain free of charge. In addition, any funds received over and above  expenses will be used to help local not-for-profit organizations.

There are free classified ads in the discussion forums. We are building a directory of local businesses. If you want your business to be included (there is no charge for a basic listing if you are in one of the six boroughs), please send the name of your business, its website (if any) its address, phone number, hours, and what kind of business it is to webmaster@midbergen.com.).

This site is currently run by residents of the area, which we hope will differentiate us from nationally run sites only interested in advertising dollars (and it also means that we won't disappear if ad dollars aren't there). If you want to make any suggestions, comments, or, especially, complaints, you can reach us publicly in the support forum, or email us at webmaster@midbergen.com in any case.

Bart Lidofsky - Webmaster

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River Edge FCC Pumpkin Patch
The First Congregationalist Church of River Edge has its annual pumpkin patch. Buy yours now!


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Theater Reviews: Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical

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First of all, let's get this out of the way: the kids loved it.

Now, on to the adults. Children's theater can be tricky. You need to have broader and simpler messages than with adult theater, so that children can follow more easily. Sometimes, plays can be at two levels, so that the adults will have something extra to keep interested in (accompanied by the inevitable poking in the arm and the whispered "I don't get it!"). Or, the play can get away with it on the basis of simple charm. But "Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical", performed by the Bergen County Players, goes in a slightly different direction. True to the wishes of Julianne Moore, the author of the books on which the play is based, the play remains true to the genre, aimed largely to the 3-8 year old crowd, although slightly older children who read the books when they were younger will enjoy it as well. Although "From Page to Stage" was the theme of last year's plays, this musical has a look and feel as if it has jumped right out of the pages of a children's picture book. Any parent who enjoys reading stories to their children should equally enjoy watching this play along with them.

Published: Dec 01, 2014 - 12:56 AM
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Events: 37th Annual St. Anthony's International Festival

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There are several things you can count on in November. Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and St. Anthony's in Bergenfield having its International Festival. A Pan Orthodox Church, the Festival raises funds for the Church while providing a stage for the many nationalities that make up this diverse congregation, on November 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Published: Nov 08, 2014 - 12:27 AM
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Theater Reviews: 45 Seconds From Broadway

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On West 47th Street in Manhattan, just down the block from several Broadway theaters, is a low-priced (for Manhattan) hotel and low-priced (also for Manhattan) diner called the Edison. For decades, the "Polish Tea Room" with its low prices and friendly owners have made it a haven to would-be actors looking for a break, those nostalgically looking back on their careers, and theatergoers looking for a meal that doesn't cost more than their show tickets did. And playwright Neil Simon, in "45 Seconds From Broadway", writes a love letter to the diner and its owners, and its regulars. It is a series of slices of life, moving from table to table, without a lot of plot holding it together. The characters themselves are the meat of the play, with the most important character being the diner, itself. Unlike many Broadway plays, it is actually better suited for the small stage than a large production, and the Bergen County Players, which habitually makes those large productions work seamlessly on their smaller stage, shows equal skill putting up a smaller piece.

Published: Oct 28, 2014 - 12:28 AM
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Events: Haworth Day, 2014

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Every year, Haworth celebrates its town day. Formerly in Memorial Park, for the past several years it has been held in the business district of Terrace Street (which is a much easier place to find). This year, it was held, in spite of threat of rain, on September 13th, 2014 (and rain it did, albeit only briefly, but enough to temporarily dampen the spirits). But this reporter got there before the rain, and here's a sampling of what you could find.

Published: Sep 14, 2014 - 11:13 PM
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Events: A Baronfest at Historic New Bridge Landing

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Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who brought Prussian military training and discipline to the American troops during the Revolutionary War, is honored every year around his September 17th birthday with Von Steuben Day. And what better place to honor it than Historic New Bridge Landing, where Von Steuben was given The Steuben House as a gift for his contributions, and where it stands to this day. And, as beer is often served in honor of the good Baron, the Bergen County Historical Society celebrated it on September 13, 2014. There were threats of rain, but they held it anyway; the rain, luckily, was brief and light, and did bog down the festival.

Published: Sep 15, 2014 - 08:26 PM
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Events: Dumont Day 2014

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Sometimes, rain can be a good thing. Or at least it appeared that way, as on September 6th, the annual Dumont Day celebration got rained out, only to come back, bigger than ever, with the weather sunny and beautiful, on September 7th. But enough with words; take a look for yourself:

Published: Sep 09, 2014 - 03:37 PM
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Events: The 15th Annual Andiamo Run, 2014, Part II

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The Andiamo Run completed successfully just after noon on September 7th, and the party in the parking lot of the Andiamo Restaurant. This reporter was not on the Run, itself, (but you can read about it in Part 1 of the article), so, once again, was the very first person to purchase a ticket for the party. And a great party it was.

Published: Sep 09, 2014 - 10:13 AM
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