Thrift Shop Volunteer Week

Club members have been busy volunteering at The Community Thrift Shop in Midland Park this week. We work one week a year tagging donated clothing in order to keep our commitment and our ability to donate gently used goods. It is a win-win, small, ongoing fundraiser. Our club gets a percentage of the sale price of donated goods with our club number on them (#39), and we have a place to donate our gently used clothing and household goods to benefit others. Please support us if you have Items to donate!

Two kitchen size garbage bags full of donations per person are accepted every Monday morning from 10am-11:30, and on the first Saturday morning of the month at the same hours. The Thrift Shop is at 85 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park. Turn right onto Goffle Ave at the Godwin/Goffle intersection and then immediately left into the shopping center. Bear right and down around the back of the Shopping Center. The Thrift Shop will be on the left.

Please mark your bags with the #39! Thanks for your support!

Our 2021 Essay and Poetry Contest

All students in grades 1 through 8 in Reynolds, Bogert, and Cavallini Schools are eligible to participate in our 35th Annual Essay and Poetry Contest. The topic this year is a reflection on the BeKind21 initiative that marked the month of October in our schools. Be sure to send us your thoughts on the topic below by the November 19th deadline! Your entry may be a winner! Check out contest rules on the Contest Tab (above on the blue banner on this website)––or in the email you received from the school.

BeKind21

Our school and our town just completed BeKind21.

What was one thing you did to be kind to another person? Did it affect you too?

What was something kind that someone did for you? How did it make your day better?

21 days are only a small fraction of the 365 days in a year. Do you think you could keep doing a kind thing for someone each day? Why might it be important?

October Is One Book One Borough Month!

Read The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore and join us as we explore the fascinating days at the turn of the century when Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla battled to bring electricity to the world. Copies are available at the Library. Sign up for events on the Library Online Calendar. Register today!

One Book One Borough

The Woman’s Club is proud to so-sponsor the inaugural One Book One Borough Program wth the Upper Saddle River Library! A month-long series of events are plannned around the book The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. Come join us as we explore the time at the turn of the Century when Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla fought to bring electricity to America. The Kickoff for the program will be on Sunday, October 3rd at 2pm at the Library. There will be a Fashion Show of historical clothing of the period from the Goetschius House Museum collection, and further information and signups for the events and book discussions planned. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Library.

Events: Sign Up on the Library Online Calendar––www.uppersaddleriverlibrary.org

Thursday, October 7th 7pm Thomas Edison Bright Ideas Presentation (Virtual)

Friday, October 15th 5-7pm Dinner at The Saddle River Cafe (Space Limited––reserve by October 9th. For payment info contact KMMenten@gmail.com)

Saturday, October 16th 2pm Trip to Edison Menlo Park Museum (Space Limited––reserve by October 6th. For payment info contact nona.maher@gmail.com)

Friday, October 22nd 6pm Golden Age of Cocktails Mixology Class (Virtual)

Sunday, October 24th 2pm One Book One Borough Finale at The Library

October Book Discussion Opportunities––All are welcome! Sign Up on the Library Online Calendar––www.uppersaddleriverlibrary.org

Wednesday, October 13th Novels at Night 7:30pm

Thursday October 14th Coffee Talk at 10 am

Tuesday, October 19th Woman’s Club Book Group 7:30pm (Virtual)

Thursday October 21st GetLit(erary) 7pm.

March Food Drive

On Saturday, March 20th, our club manned tables at Borough Hall to collect non-perishable items for The Center For Food Action. This was our second food drive of this club year, and town residents as well as members drove by and donated. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to fill many boxes and bags with much needed food for those in need. Thanks also, to the members who donated their time to work shifts from 8am until Noon, to the Northern Highlands Student Volunteers, and to the DPW who loaded up a truck for us. Together we made a difference for those whom The Center For Food Action serves!

4th Annual Town Wide Garage Sale

Garage Sale

Coming Soon!

The Woman’s Club’s 4th Annual Garage Sale!

Get your treasures sold––or find that item you’ve been missing!

Saturday, September 12th is the day!    9am to 4pm

(Rain date Sunday, September 13th)

Application fee is $35. We do all the advertising and provide sellers with a map to your sale.

                     DOLLAR SIGN  Your profits are yours!  DOLLAR SIGN

Click on the Town Wide Garage Sale page on our website for more information and your application form.

A Spring Like No Other

corona virus

Our spring of 2020 was hijacked by the Coronavirus Pandemic. In early March—right after our ceremony at Borough Hall to award the winners of our 34th annual Poetry and Essay Contest, the entire state of New Jersey and much of the country shut down. Our club’s planned Derby Day fundraiser for the USR Ambulance Corps was canceled–as was the Kentucky Derby itself. Our annual Baby Shower for the Shelter and Children’s Aid and Family Services was canceled, as was our State Convention. When our USR Library closed, all club meetings there were canceled indefinitely.

We were to stay at home and self-quarantine. Social distancing, masks, and gloves became our out-of-the-house-wear when we ventured out to get essential supplies like food and medicine. When we went to the grocery store, we waited on lines to be admitted due to reduced capacity of shoppers allowed inside, followed arrows on the now one-way aisles, and we yearned to be able to purchase things like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Pajamas, sweats, and workout clothes became daily wear, and hair grew long and wild.  School was closed and most students and teachers moved to online learning at home. Places of Worship, restaurants, and businesses closed, flights were canceled, and travel severely restricted. The economy ground to a halt.

Families sheltered together and parents did their best to home school with some online help from their children’s teachers. Board games, reading, walks in the neighborhood, cooking, TV, and, for some, online gaming helped time to pass. “Virtual” became the new normal. Zoom joined phones and FaceTime as the way to communicate.

Graduations, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries were all affected. Our USR Fire Department began drive-by birthday celebrations with engines, horns and a police car siren for children who couldn’t have a birthday party. Others had drive-by birthday parade celebrations organized by friends and family in decorated cars. No one could visit a family member in assisted living or a nursing home because the elderly were most at risk.

Days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months—three of them.

Now, at the end of June, there is some loosening of the restrictions in hopes of getting the economy and the population back to a semblance of normal. The numbers of new cases of the virus are lower, and the hospitals are not on overload with corona virus patients. Hospitals can now resume elective surgeries and preventative care. Masks are still required in public, and we tread lightly for fear of a new spike in cases that would shut us down again. To date, over 100,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.

Throughout it all, on the front lines, doctors, nurses, hospital and healthcare personnel worked unselfishly and tirelessly around the clock to cope with the hospitalizations and deaths. The number of those who succumbed to the virus mounted day by day. These essential workers, along with mail and package delivery, garbage removal, and transportation personnel, have never been more appreciated. Across the hard hit tri-state area, candles were lit in their honor, pots banged, and applause rang out of windows every evening in gratitude.

Our members did what they could to help locally—donating money for Feeding America and other organizations to help those in need, ordering lunches, dinners and making sandwiches and cookies for hospital and service personnel, writing notes and having Crocs delivered to Valley and Hackensack Hospitals, donating food for food pantries and the homeless, making cloth masks for friends and hospital workers, and supporting our police, ambulance and fire department volunteers. Most importantly, we stayed home to protect ourselves, our families, and others.

We hope that a vaccine will be developed soon to combat this world-wide pandemic. We look forward to meeting together again in the Fall, and beginning a new club year with our 4th Annual Garage Sale which is planned for September 12th.

Stay safe and stay well this summer!