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Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Those residing in and around the Tenafly area can take advantage of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades for a variety of recreational and community activities. The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades includes resources for area residents of all ages and features cultural and educational attractions in addition to facilities for sports and exercise.

Young children in the area can join the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades for swim lessons with CPR certified aquatics staff. Other recreational opportunities for young members include soccer leagues, organized basketball games, and a variety of different summer camps. The JCC also includes a nursery school and kindergarten that both offer a nurturing environment where children can flourish and benefit from learning activities presented by professionals in early education. Staff members at the Leonard & Syril Rubin Nursery School introduce children to new ideas and skills, and the JCC also offers after school classes in athletics and the dramatic arts.

Teenagers can take advantage of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades for fitness activities or educational and social activities that contribute to their development. The Ben Bergen Youth Fitness Center is available to those aged 6 through 13 who are interested in personal fitness training classes, and other activities at the JCC aimed toward older children and teenagers include the Maccabbi ArtsFest, community service opportunities, and the JCC Teen Philanthropy Institute.

The JCC's School of Performing Arts and Thurnauer School of Music both include resources and classes for children and adult. Programs at the School of Performing Arts include acting and dance classes, as well as a film discussion series that allows movie lovers to meet up and watch films together. Dance classes available at the School of Performing Arts include ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballroom dancing, and more. The Thurnauer School of Music features group music classes and private lessons in the performance of a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, harp, flute, violin, and more.

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades offers a variety general health and fitness resources to adults in the community, and the Seidin Wellness Center offers personal training that allows participants to custom-design a fitness routine that fits their unique abilities and needs.

Those living around the Tenafly area can enjoy a wide range of activities and resources at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and should certainly look into the diverse offerings of this facility on East Clinton Avenue. 

Tenefly Recreation Center Provides Community Members Year-Round Actvities

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Sports enthusiasts living in and around Tenafly should be aware of the many resources and opportunities available through the Tenafly Recreation Center. Area residents of all ages can benefit from the fitness and organized sports programs that are put together by Tenafly Recreation. Located on Riveredge Road, the Tenafly Recreation Center offers facilities for a variety of sporting activities. The Roosevelt Commons area around the recreation center includes 10 acres of walking paths, tennis courts, a skate park, and a pond. Tenafly residents can enjoy many activities and services through visiting this area landmark.

Athletic events organized at the Tenafly Recreation Center include football, basketball, girls' softball, and wrestling leagues that allow youngsters to not only get exercise, but also socialize with their peers. The recreation center also offers the Smart Start program, which assists in early childhood development by arranging sporting activities for young children. Summer camps are arranged that last six weeks and provide kids with memorable summertime fun out in their community. The skate park at Roosevelt Commons is open to in-line skaters and skateboarders of all ages, and the nine tennis courts available on the grounds provide adults and children alike the opportunity to engage in some stimulating, competitive athletic activity.

Those who are interested in getting to know more about the resources available at the Tenafly Recreation Center can call for more information on all of the available programs. Also, area residents can attend the board meetings for the recreation center if they wish to get involved. Board meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

Farmer's Markets Provide Bergen County with Fresh Options

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Bergen County is home to nearly a dozen seasonal farmers’ markets.  Teaneck’s Farmers’ Market runs from the beginning of June through the end of October, and features farm fresh fruits and vegetables, locally grown herbs, artisan cheeses, gourmet nuts, freshly squeezed lemonade, olives, pickles, marinated peppers, honey, and a variety of fresh baked goods and frozen entrees. The market is located behind the Wells Fargo Bank on Beverly Road from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Oakland Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 1 to the end of October. Located in the Municipal Parking Lot next to the library, the market features locally grown produce, kids’ activities, live music, fresh baked goods, grass-fed meats, juices, gourmet marinades and sauces, soups, handmade soaps, crafts, and work from local artists. Dogs are not allowed. Additional farmers’ markets are held throughout the county every day of the week from June through October.

The Englewood Farmers’ Market is open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Depot Square Park at the intersection of North Van Brunt St. and Demarest Ave. The Hasbrouck Heights Farmers’ Market takes place on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and The Boulevard. On Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., vendors sell eggs, fresh produce, locally raised meats, goat cheeses, Greek items, fresh-made guacamole, Russian entrees, pickles, honey, and more at the Paramus Farmers’ Market.

The River Vale Farmers’ Market is held on Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 20th through late October. The market is located on the Town Hall complex next to the tennis courts, and features a variety of international cuisine, free-range eggs, hormone-free meats, organic coffees, gluten-free foods, fresh spices, frozen Maryland crab cakes, hand-made soaps, and more. The Fort Lee Farmers’ Market operates on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the end of June to Thanksgiving. The market is located in the plaza area of the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center. Ridgewood’s Farmers’ Market is also held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Garber Square. The Rutherford Farmers’ Market takes place twice a week: on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both markets are held at Williams Plaza between Spring Dell and Glen Road.

While most of Bergen County’s farmers’ markets run from early summer to mid-fall, the Ramsey Winter Farmers’ Market runs from December through March. Open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the winter market is a great place to pick up locally produced winter treats, including seasonal produce, baked goods, and yak and llama wear. Ramsey also runs an outdoor farmers’ market at the train station from late June through Thanksgiving. For more information about the outdoor market, click here.

WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are accepted at most of the county’s markets. For additional information, visit the State of New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture.

Summer Concert Series Enliven Tenefly Parks

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Tenefly’s Summer Concert Series begins Thursday, July 11th. Every Tuesday and Thursday during July and August, visitors and residents can bring lawn chairs and park blankets to set up on the beautiful grounds of two of Tenefly’s most popular parks.

Tuesday’s concerts will be held at 7 p.m. at Huyler Park. Located in downtown Tenafly next to the town’s historic railroad station, Huyler Park commonly hosts community events, including the annual Memorial Day ceremonies. This year’s Huyler Park concerts will include golden oldies from In Harmony (July 16) and Reminisce (August 20), big band music from the James Dean Orchestra (July 30) and the Jazz Lobsters (August 27), and Woodstock-era tunes from Yasgur’s Farm (August 6). The Jersey Girls (July 23) and the SaRon Crenshaw Bend (August 13) also will be playing. On rainy days, the Huyler Park concerts will be held at Clinton Inn.

Thursday’s concerts will start at 7 p.m. in Davis-Johnson Park. The beautiful, 7+-acre park features a redesigned rose garden, a greenhouse, a gazebo, a brick patio, walking paths, and landscaped flowerbeds. In addition to hosting annual community events such as the Summer Concert Series, the park is often used for wedding ceremonies. This year’s Davis-Johnson Park concerts will include Piano Virtuoso Michael Fennelly (July 11), the Alacorde Piano Trio (July 25), the Manhattan Brass Quintet (August 8), Gay Willis & Friends (July 18), and Ron Jacobowitz (August 1). On August 5, Megan Weston will sing opera soprano, and, on August 22, Mark McVey will bring the sounds of Broadway to Tenefly’s residents. On rainy days, the Davis-Johnson Park concerts will be held in the air-conditioned Garden Room.

For more information about the Tenefly Summer Concert Series, click here.

Tenefly Independence Day Celebration

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

It’s that time of the year again: Summer! And that means barbeques, picnics, swimming, vacations, and – of course – Fourth of July celebrations!

Most of us fondly remember the Fourth of Julys of our past. Memories of sparklers, fireworks stands, family get-togethers, and breath-taking fireworks displays are shared and passed down through the generations. In cities across the country, local Independence Day festivals and fireworks displays link neighbors and residents together, in a shared celebration of our nation’s rich history and national pride. Tenefly, New Jersey is no different.

Each year, Tenefly’s residents eagerly await the city’s Independence Day Celebration, which features live music, fun, food, and awe-inspiring fireworks displays sponsored by local groups and businesses.

This year, Tenefly’s Fourth-of-July city celebration will take place over the course of two days: On Wednesday the 3rd, residents can watch the mesmerizing aerial fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. behind the Tenafly High School. Continuous fireworks in a variety of shapes will light up the sky in green, blue, yellow, gold, red, and purple to the crowd’s chorus of “oohs!” and “aahs!” Live entertainment by the Crescent City Ramblers, a Dixieland band, will precede the event, starting at 8 p.m. If it happens to rain, the celebration will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th.

On Thursday the 4th, residents can attend the day-long Town Wide Independence Day Celebration. Starting at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m., the festival will feature amusement rides, carnival games, live music, tasty treats, delicious food, and fun for residents of all ages. Local businesses involved in the event include Café Angelique, Build Your Own Yogurt, and the Tenafly Diner. The event is scheduled to take place at the Roosevelt Common. If it rains, the festival will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th.

New Jersey Children's Museum Offers Fun and Educational Activities

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

When seeking a fun, educational outing for your children, and in fact, the entire family, be sure to keep the New Jersey Children's Museum in mind.

Located in Paramus at 599 Valley Health Plaza, the New Jersey Children's Museum continuously offers toddlers and preschoolers a terrific variety of interactive events and activities, such as a real fire truck and helicopter, hands-on exhibits, an exciting fossil and dinosaur cave, a kid-size medieval castle, a play ballet studio and tons of other great fun stuff! Kids can play hospital, examine a skeleton and combine learning with playtime.

Monthly events can range from Super Hero Pizza Parties, an awesome dinosaur exhibit...you can even book your child's birthday party or other special event party to be held here!

There's a pretend grocery store where your little ones can play cashier or consumer, using grocery carts, make-believe products and pretend money. There's also a TV Studio where they can be on camera and practice their news anchor or meteorologist skills - let that announcer or performer shine!  Check out the amazing Driving and Drawing area, where the steering wheel is used to create artwork! Your child will love being the waiter or chef at the Kids' Pizzeria, where YOU are their customer! They'll happily serve you pizza, broccoli and brussel sprouts - yum!

Kids can dress up like a doctor or nurse in the Play Hospital where they can also listen to their hearts with a stethoscope, climb aboard a kid-sized ambulance and be the driver, or activate the lights and siren! Movable Mike is the friendly skeleton whose arms and legs can be moved by ropes.

The Interactive Light Mosaic is like a gigantic Lite Brite where kids can make their art take on a real glow! All Aboard! Be sure to visit the Giant Train Set where things are always in motion - going through tunnels, climbing up and down mountains - and your child can blow the whistle, flash the lights and open the crossing gates!

Dress up in armor and be a brave knight, or wear the gown and crown of a beautiful princess in the Medieval Castle! Learn about the world though the fascinating Animal Senses exhibit! There are so many amazing, creative and fun things to do at the New Jersey Children's Museum that it's a place you and your kids are sure to want to visit again and again.

For more details on exhibits, events, hours and more, visit http://www.njcm.com

High atop the New Jersey Palisades, the Tenafly Nature Center encompasses around 400 acres of unspoiled land with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Leased by the Borough of Tenafly, the purpose of this nature center is to promote conservation and provide educational programs about nature.

A visit to the Tenafly Nature Center begins with a stop at the Visitor's Center. Here guests will get to know a little bit about the type of wildlife that is abundant within the nature preserve. Educational programs take place at this visitor's center from time to time and can include learning how to make apple cider or maple sugar. Live animals are on display, and visitors can also obtain educational brochures, sign up for a newsletter or pick up a trail map.

The trails inside the Tenafly Nature Center are ideal for a number of activities including hiking, running and showshoeing.  These trails can take anywhere from only a few minutes to several hours to navigate. One of the more popular trails takes hikers past Phister's Pond, a three-acre area containing sparkling blue waters, lined with mature trees. The fact that this pond offers habitation and drinking water for wildlife makes it an excellent place to spot deer, otter and raccoon.

Children can enjoy taking part in one of the many vacation day camps that are run by this nature center. Camps include the chance to explore nature, play games, hear stories and make arts and crafts. Hiking and making S'mores are normally the highlight of these camps. Day camps are available for different age groups, and take place during the spring and summer breaks from school.

Adults will also enjoy taking part in one of the seasonal programs offered at the nature center. Some of these seasonal events include a nature walk, foot race and scavenger hunt. Trail clean-up days are also held from time to time, and volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to keep the preserve in pristine condition.

Since Tenafly Nature Center is a non-profit organization, it operates solely on donations from the public. Those who want to ensure the center is preserved for future generations are encouraged to become members. Membership has distinct advantages, and some of them include free monthly programs, newsletters and the opportunity to borrow from the Stephen Minkoff Memorial Library . Becoming involved at the nature center is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Palisades while preserving the area for future generations to enjoy.

Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help Relief Efforts Blog

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Last month, Hurricane Sandy swept through New Jersey leaving a trail of massive destruction in its path. At least six people were killed, and widespread power outages left cities like Newark, Jersey City, and Hoboken dark and closed for business. Seaside Heights’ historic boardwalk was partially obliterated and swept out to sea. Atlantic City was buried under water. Boats ended up overturned on state highways, and tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy “unprecedented.” He also said the state’s recovery could take months.

Though gas rationing is over and most schools and businesses have reopened, there is still a lot of work to do. Tens of thousands of residents are still without power, and many residents cannot yet return to their homes. Thousands may not get to return home for months – until their damaged and devastated homes are rebuilt.

The easiest (and perhaps the best known) way to help New Jersey relief efforts and to provide aid to those in need is by making a financial donation to the Red Cross, which provides shelter, food, cleanup kits, hygiene kits, emotional support, and other assistance to those affected by the disaster.

Other ways to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts include

  • Donating to Waves for Water, which is coordinating a hurricane relief initiative that includes removing rubble and rebuilding towns along the Northeastern seaboard.
  • Donating lactose-free milk, canned fruit, adult underwear, D batteries, adult diapers, games, and small flashlights to the Keyport, NJ Central School Shelter.
  • Donating shoes, socks, tampons, maxi pads, baby food, baby formula, batteries, band-aids, bottles, and over-the-counter pain relievers to Toms River East High School.
  • Volunteering with or donating food/money to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
  • Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company #1. They are prepared to receive and distribute dry pasta, cereal, oatmeal, lunch meats, bread/rolls, Gatorade powder mix or bottles, protein bars, cereal bars, small bottles of OJ, and bottled water. (15 Lake Avenue, PO Box 316, Island Heights, NJ 08732)

Knickerbocker Country Club: Tenafly, NJ

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Knickerbocker Country Club

Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, NJEstablished in 1914, Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly is the premier country club in New Jersey’s Bergen County. Dedicated to providing the finest amenities and an atmosphere of true leisure and athleticism, Knickerbocker is the kind of place many only wish they could frequent. 

Knickerbocker Country Club has something for the whole family. Of course, golfers are attracted to Knickerbocker’s championship golf course, originally designed by legend Donald Ross and respectfully restored in 2007 by Ron Forse—a design celebrity in his own right. The popularity of the course stems from a design coherency that embraces natural features and plenty of challenge. 

While many assume golf is king at Knickerbocker, don’t tell that to the tennis enthusiasts who enjoy Knickerbocker’s four clay courts nearly all year round. Clay courts are easiest on the joints and feet, so players of all ages can get the most from their tennis game with the least amount of impact. With a number of tournaments, leagues and lessons, everyone can get in the game at Knickerbocker!

The fitness center at Knickerbocker provides all the necessary equipment to maximize your athletic potential. Fitness trainers are available to help you meet your fitness goals, however big or small. At the Knickerbocker pool you will find both poolside loungers and serious lap swimmers taking advantage of New Jersey’s sunny summers. Be sure you take advantage of the poolside drink service!

Executive chef Richard J. Lowack is always serving up something delicious in the Knickerbocker kitchen, where only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. With a menu that includes such delectable favorites as Clams Casino, Crispy Parmesan Polenta and Roasted Beet Salad, it’s no wonder many members frequently choose to dine at Knickerbocker when choosing from the restaurants in the area.

Knickerbocker Country Club is also the perfect place to host your next celebratory event. From family reunions and company picnics, to birthday parties and weddings, no event is too big or too small for Knickerbocker’s exceptional staff. Leave the planning and execution to the professionals, who will see your special event through from beginning to end.

Consider Knickerbocker Country Club just one more reason to buy a home in fabulous Tenafly!

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