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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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Steuben Pond
Though April showers may come your way, if they come during the full or new Moon, "Steuben Pond" will re-form and the ducks will have a grand old time.

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Events: Oradell Reservoir Challenge 2014

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For the last 6 years, the Hackensack Riverkeeper and United Water have been teaming up, once a year, to open the Oradell Reservoir to kayaking, canoes, nature walks, and fun in general. This year, on Saturday, June 7, 2014, we had the best weather and the biggest Mayor's Cup race ever, with 12 towns being represented.

Published: Jun 09, 2014 - 10:09 PM
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Events: Memorial Day New Milford 2014

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This year, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 26th, and, in spite of the numerous instances of inclement weather, the weather held up today, neither too hot nor too cold, with a nice sun out to light the proceedings.

Published: May 27, 2014 - 03:10 PM
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Events: The 2014 New Milford/Teaneck Elks Carnival

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After 50 years of raising money for charity and having fun doing it, the New Milford-Teaneck Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks' 2014 carnival almost didn't happen, when they lost their provider. But McDaniel Brothers Shows of Lodi came through. We can only hope the weather holds out, too (maybe the thunderstorms can be marketed as a fireworks display?).

Published: May 08, 2014 - 08:36 AM
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Theater Reviews: Ruthless! The Musical

Reviews of local theatrical productions

We can start off with a simple statement: If you love theater, you are going to love this play. If that fits you, you can stop reading this review, right now. Just buy a ticket to the Bergen County Players production of Ruthless! The Musical at the Little Firehouse Theater in Oradell, New Jersey, and see it. Now, to break into the first person for a few seconds, I will admit that I love the theater (which, if you see this play, you will see is not a necessary quality in a reviewer), and I had a great time. But the purpose of this is not to say whether or not I enjoyed the play; it is to help you decide if you will enjoy the play. So let's go on to the details.

Published: May 04, 2014 - 08:23 PM
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Events: Arbor Day 2014 in Dumont

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Every year, the Dumont Shade Tree Commission attempts to top itself in its Arbor Day celebration, and the 2014 edition (on April 26th) was no exception. There was the usual presentations, art contest, and tree planting, but this year, there was something a little, well, different.

Published: Apr 28, 2014 - 04:17 PM
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Events: A Celebration of Lenape New Year

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The people who inhabited this area before the European invasion tended to celebrate on the New Moon. And the first New Moon of Spring was celebrated by the Lenape's as Chwame Gischuch, the Lenape New Year. The Bergen County Historical Society put on a celebration of Lenape New Year on Sunday, March 30th, 2014 with the rain toning down enough to avoid requiring boats for the visitors to travel from building to building.

Published: Mar 31, 2014 - 06:18 PM
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Theater Reviews: To Kill A Mockingbird

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History is a funny thing, especially when you live through it. When Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was first published in 1960, equal rights, even by law, had yet to be fully established, with the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960's not yet passed. Jim Crow was no longer the law, but segregation was still being practiced in private establishments, such as stores and restaurants. The so-called "N-word", while considered derogatory in common speech, was allowable for academic discussion. And the novel, although racism was a catalytic background rather than the point of the novel, made it an instant classic in those changing times. Now, over 5 decades later, the Bergen County Players presents the late Christopher Sergel's 1990 stage adaptation of the novel, with the greater theme of how when there is a disease in a culture, otherwise good people have to make a difficult choice when doing what is right comes into conflict with doing what is expected of them.

Published: Mar 22, 2014 - 04:30 PM
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