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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.

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Theater Reviews: August: Osage County

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Community theaters typically face a dilemma. As the actors are doing it for the love of the craft, a balance has to be struck. If the plays are not appealing to the audiences, then there won't be any plays. But if the plays are not appealing to the actors, then there won't be any actors. Sometimes, the balance goes towards the actors. Sometimes, it goes towards the audiences. And sometimes, like the Bergen County Players' production of August: Osage County at the Little Firehouse Theater in Oradell, director Dottie Fisher demonstrates that the balance can be struck just right. As with all plays, A:OC is not for everybody. It is a deeply dark comedy, dealing with mature matters. It is long, running at 3 1/2 hours, including two 10 minute intermissions, although it feels like much less. And it is a powerful play, about a family that works best at long distances being forced together, and torn apart by their own internal forces. And, as we learn as the play goes on, they almost deserve it.

Published: Mar 25, 2015 - 01:40 PM
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Events: Bergen County St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015

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The cold weather we have been having on the East Coast didn't give us a break on St. Patrick's Day, as crowds of people from all over the county braved the low 40's weather and the high, gusty winds to watch and march in the 34th Annual Bergen County St. Patrick's Day Parade, down Washington Avenue in Bergenfield. And those who went had a big treat.

Published: Mar 17, 2015 - 02:18 PM
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Events: President's Day 2015 at Historic New Bridge Landing

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The Bergen County Historical Society tries to open up Historic New Bridge Landing at least once a month, and on February, there is good reason: President's Day. Celebrated around the time of George Washington's birthday, the place where, during the American Revolution, the British decided to give up the pursuit of the escaping, nearly defeated American forces, giving General Washington and his troops a chance to regroup and come back and emerge victorious is an especially appropriate place to celebrate the day.

Published: Feb 24, 2015 - 06:47 PM
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Transportation: Hackensack Riverkeeper on "Bomb Trains"

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Calls on supporters to join them at Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains rally

Hackensack, NJ Captain Bill Sheehan announced today that his organization has joined the Bergen County-based Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains and is calling on Riverkeeper supporters to join him and staffers at a Coalition rally scheduled for March 7 at 2PM in Harrington Park. Each week Florida-based CSX Corporation sends as many as thirty 100-car freight trains loaded with upwards of 3.5 million gallons of extremely volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota where it is extracted to Philadelphia, PA where its refined. During that journey, every train travels virtually the entire length of the Hackensack River from New City, NY to Kearny, NJ.

Published: Feb 21, 2015 - 03:38 PM
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Theater Reviews: Bell, Book and Candle

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It can be a real challenge doing a play that later became a classic movie, particularly a movie with an all star cast, and especially when that play is not often shown. One can either try to replicate the movie, and since that rarely happens, one can stay true to the original play. And the latter is what the Bergen County Players has done with Bell, Book and Candle, currently playing at the Little Firehouse Theater in Oradell, New Jersey. Producer Rhea Smith and director Jerry Pettinati have even added a few extra touches of their own.

Published: Feb 16, 2015 - 10:46 PM
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Libraries: Reopening of the Haworth Public Library Delayed

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From the Haworth Public Libray:

We are nearing the end of our expansion/renovation project but unfortunately we have hit some bumps in the road.

The library has gotten new carpeting and a new paint job (yes, the old red color is gone). But we are still waiting on our certificate of occupancy. Specifically, our fire alarm system needs to be upgraded. The completion date is to be determined.

Thank you again for your patience and we are sorry for any inconvenience. Please keep checking this web page or following us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on our re-opening date. We hope to see you back very soon at our newly expanded and renovated Haworth Municipal Library!

The good news is that you can now return your items directly to Haworth Library. We have computer access again and we can check in your materials. If you are borrowing materials, you should still visit any other BCCLS library. Please make sure to bring your library card. If an item that you requested is ready for pick-up, it is being held at the Closter Public Library.

Published: Feb 08, 2015 - 11:06 PM

Theater Reviews: Clybourne Park

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Race relations have gone a long way in the last few decades. Mind you, the human genome project has conclusively proven what many of us believed all along; that what is referred to as "race" is almost entirely a myth, and it really is just skin deep. But that doesn't mean that there aren't cultural groups, and that the tribalism among cultural groups often leads to conflict where conflict should not exist. Clybourne Park, a darkly humorous and thought provoking play, is very much about the tribalism that exists just beneath the civilized veneer in most of us. Created as a set of virtual bookends around the modern day classic, A Raisin in the Sun, the play is especially relevant today, as recent events are being exploited by those who profit from increasing the tribal conflicts between the so-called "races." And there is no better way to appreciate it than to go to the Little Firehouse Theatre and see how the Bergen County Players maintain the top quality standards we have come to expect with their current production.

Published: Jan 11, 2015 - 10:00 PM
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