Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea Annual Concert at Notre Dame Church: 7:30pm, Sunday, Dec. 20; 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Notre Dame will present The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea this weekend in their church located at 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell. The annual concert features internationally renowned conductor Rev. Alphonse Stephenson and his full symphony orchestra. The performance will run from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Sunday, Dec. 12.
Rev. Alphonse Stephenson
Ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Paterson in 1975, Stephenson formed his first orchestra at the "Actor's Chapel," St. Malachy's, in New York's theater district. His conducting debut was with the Metropolitan Opera and in 1980, the late Broadway director and choreographer Michael Bennett engaged the priest as conductor and music director of his hit, A Chorus Line. Stephenson went on to conduct over three thousand performances of the record-breaking musical.
Recently retired as Chaplain, Brigadier General and Director of the Joint Chaplaincy Staff at the National Guard Bureau, Stephenson also served as Air National Guard Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon.
Tickets are available during business hours at the parish office and, if still available, will be for sale at the door.
General Admission: $35
Notre Dame Church
Pastor: Rev. Anthony Randazzo
359 Central Ave.
North Caldwell NJ 07006
Music Ministry Website
West Essex Communities Ready to Share the Joy of the Holidays with Christmas and Menorah Lightings, Songs and Games
WEST ESSEX, NJ - Area towns throughout West Essex are getting ready to ring in the holidays. All are invited to the many local Christmas Tree and Menorah lightings, and are welcome to join in the games, carols and hot chocolates which are sure to keep everyone warm this chilly December.
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Santa is scheduled to arrive at the Caldwell Fire Department at 4:30pm, parade throughout the neighborhoods and end up at 5pm on the Caldwell Green just in time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Following the tree lighting, everyone is invited to gather inside the Caldwell Fire House where refreshments will be served, music will be provided by DJ Joe Garamella and there will be a Holiday Auction with many prizes. The auction will be held to benefit the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Dept. Children’s Education Fund.
Sunday, Dec. 21
10:30am and on
Beginning at 10:30am, the Caldwell Fire Department will drive through every street in town with Santa on board handing out candy canes. They will also be collecting non-perishable items for the Caldwell Food Bank.
Sunday, Dec. 21
From 10am until about 5:30pm, the Fairfield Fire Department will be driving Santa around for a happy ride through all of the streets in Fairfield.
The North Caldwell Fire Department will make sure Santa makes a grand entrance on one of their trucks while also giving out candy canes. The North Caldwell Boy Scouts will serve hot chocolate and cider and live music will be provided from DJ Legendery. For a special treat this year, the Dapper Dans of Harmony barber Shop Quartet will entertain the guests with a salute to the troops. In addition, the North Caldwell Girl Scouts will be accepting new, unwrapped, toys for their annual toy drive. Gifts are needed for boys and girls ages 8-15 years old.
Saturday, Dec. 20
Throughout the day, the North Caldwell Fire Department will give Santa a tour of the borough while greeting the children who come out to wave. The department asks that anyone who has a child with special needs please call 973-228-6437.
The evening begins at 6:15pm with a performance from the Roseland Methodist Church Bell Choir. The bells will be followed with Christmas music until the 7pm tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Following the lighting, the borough hosts a reception with Santa which includes music and dance and refreshments.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
140 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland
On the first night of Chanukah, the mayor and council take part in a celebration for the Festival of Lights. Starting at 6:15pm, Rabbi Kasowitz will begin by blessing the Menorah, followed by the lighting at 6:30pm. Singing, dancing and a reception with refreshments will then take place inside the Borough Hall.
Sunday, Dec. 21
3:30pm to 9pm
Santa will be riding through the streets of Roseland on a Roseland Fire Engine, accompanied by a festive holiday truck, music, and lots of elves in turnout gear. Weather permitting, the parade will start on Laurel Avenue at 3:30pm and continue through the town, visiting every street. The parade completes on Passaic Avenue at approximately 9pm. Listen for the sirens and come out and wave!
Sunday, Dec. 14
10:30am and on
The Verona Fire Department will make their way through all of the township streets with Santa on board; be sure to listen for the sirens to know when he's close by.
West Essex Area Police and Fire Departments to Host Third Annual “Battle of the Badges” to Benefit US Marine Sgt. Aaron Alonso on Sunday, Sept. 28, Starting at 11am
VERONA, NJ - This Sunday, West Essex area police and fire departments will come together in an effort to raise funds and recognition for "Alonso Strong" an organization which emotionally and financially assists the family of disabled veteran Sgt. Aaron Alonso of the United States Marine Corps.
What started eight years ago as a softball competition between the Cedar Grove Police Department and the Cedar Grove Fire Department has now grown to include the Caldwell, North Caldwell, Verona and West Caldwell police departments and
North Caldwell, Verona and West Caldwell fire departments as well.
Sunday’s event takes place on Veteran’s Field, behind the Verona Community Center, located at 880 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona.
The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 11am and continue throughout the day with softball games, children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments. The public is welcome to attend and are asked to give a donation of their choosing. The food and activities will all be donated; 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Alonso Strong Project.
Alonso left for his overseas deployment only one week after his wife gave birth to their daughter, Riley. Over the past months, the Marine has undergone multiple surgeries. All funds raised at Sunday's tournament will all go towards expenses for him and his family.
"Although undergoing one of the amputations and multiple procedures,
Schedule of Events
Game times are approximate; the next one begins when the previous one is completed.
Entertainment will be provided by Chris Segarra from “Legendary Entertainment.”
Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the Alonso Strong Project on behalf of the Battle of the Badges, may do so online here.
Commemorative t-shirts, designed by Two Guys Tees, will be available for purchase.