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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: 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

Reviews of local theatrical productions

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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Events: 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

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In spite of near-freezing weather, the 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bergenfield, held on Sunday, March 16, 2014, drew huge (albeit shivering) crowds. And every one of them was Irish, regardless of their nationality.

Published: Mar 18, 2014 - 11:20 PM
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Events: Presidents Day 2014 at Historic New Bridge Landing

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The Bergen County Historical Society knows how to throw a party; certainly an 18th Century Party. And, in the middle of this cold and snowy winter, we had a nice day, and the crowds showed up to celebrate Presidents Day in general, General George Washington in particular.

Published: Feb 26, 2014 - 11:29 PM
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Transportation: New Milford Shoprite Provides Shuttle for Customers

Getting from one place to another

A free shuttle bus will be going, once per hour, between Shoprite of New Milford and Shoprite of Ermerson while the Shoprite of New Milford is under construction. In both cases, it will pick up and discharge passengers in front of the Shoprite in question. 

The The bus will be leaving New Milford at 9AM, 10AM, 11AM , 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM and 8PM. It will be returning from Emerson at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM, and 8:30PM.  Shoppers, especially those who don't have cars. We thank Shoprite for providing this service while repairs (currently estimated at 3 months) are going on at Shoprite of New Milford.

Published: Feb 21, 2014 - 03:40 PM



Theater Reviews: Around the World in 80 Days

Reviews of local theatrical productions

There is a phrase, "the magic of the stage", referring to how a play can transport you to a different place and time, as if by magic. There's another phrase, "stage magic", the art of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, making one believe that one has seen something truly wonderful by using only mundane methods. And we have the Bergen County Players production of Around the World in 80 Days, which uses the latter to enhance the former into a unique and enjoyable experience. This reviewer, along with a large crowd, braved the snow and ice to be transported back to the 19th century for an evening of pure enjoyment.

Published: Feb 15, 2014 - 11:27 AM
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Events: Candlemas 2014 at Historic New Bridge Landing

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It's the day right in between the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring, and it felt like the dead of winter. Still a good crowd showed up to see the annual Candlemas/St. Brigit's Day/Groundhog day festival put on by the Bergen County Historical Society at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Published: Jan 27, 2014 - 08:10 PM
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