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The Bergen Museum of Art & Science presents an exhibit of the Rock 'n' Roll Photography of Alan Rand
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The exhibit is at the Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631. Reception is Tuesday, October 8, from 5 to 8 PM and will include music, live entertainment and refreshments. The exhibit is featured at the Intermezzo Gallery of Bergen PAC and will run from Oct 2nd to Oct 30th, The Gallery is open to the general public Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The exhibit is free however the Bergen Museum of Art & Science is accepting donations to help fund the event.

Donations can be made here on the museum's page for the show thebergenmuseum.com

 
Happy New Year
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Happy New Year to our Jewish Friends & Neighbors. Our best wishes for Peace, Health, and Happiness in the year 5774.

-The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

 
A Letter from the Museum of the City of NY to The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
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MCNY 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
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Dear Gladys and Perry,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Museum of the City of New York, I most heartily thank you for the Puffin Foundation's gifts and your generous pledge for the Puffin Foundation Gallery endowment. You have been so extraordinarily generous to this institution, and I am tremendously grateful for your visionary support of the gallery, which has contributed so greatly to the Museum's mission and service to the public.

From professional development workshops for NYC teachers, to field trips serving tens of thousands of public school children each year, to gallery talks and public programs, the Puffin Foundation Gallery is a vital center, illuminating an aspect of the city's history that is key to its identity. The Foundation's generous gifts toward an endowment ensure that the gallery will continue to educate New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe for generations to come.

Sincerely,
Susan Henshaw Jones
Ronay Menschel Director


Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.

 
Puffin Foundation provides support for Camp K, local children
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Article from the Teaneck Suburbanite 7/11/2013

 

 
Teaneck Suburbanite: Opinion Letter on Teaneck Red Oak
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Teaneck Suburbanite

Sad day

To the editor,

It was a sad day in Teaneck when those who have been clamoring for the destruction of the majestic red oak on Cedar Lane finally got their wish. This tree - centuries old - was here before any of us, and before there was a town, or even a nation. It survived countless adversities including the American Revolution, the Teaneck riots, and every storm that has been thrown at it for some 300 years but it could not survive human folly.

Instead of caring for this natural wonder in our midst, we remove nearly half of its roots during a construction project... and then later learn that it isn't doing so well, and has to come down. Besides, we say, it stands in the way of high property values and development. Now that this beautiful tree is out of the way of "progress," we get treated to a letter from the landowner in the Teaneck Suburbanite, in which he practically gloats over finally getting his wish to have it destroyed, and proclaims his hope that those who defended the "nearly dead" tree will suffer from guilty consciences -- for making him wait! Wow.

Our stately trees are under attack all across this self-described "Tree City, USA." Just about all sizable trees of any species have come thudding down near our home since we moved here 10 years ago. Just last week, one of the few remaining ones - a healthy maple with no rot whatsoever - was cut down across the corner. A neighbor was jubilant. I asked why. "It had to go... it was lifting the sidewalk!" he proclaimed.

So I guess even the small ones have to go. Heaven forbid we should redo the sidewalk to account for a tree... no, every tree of any size might damage a sidewalk, every tree could possibly fall and hurt someone, or drop a limb that might damage property. So, we better take them all down, right? And now the town has approved a new bill that will make it easier for residents to do just that, without having to wait for the town to evaluate its trees. They can do it themselves by hiring their own "tree experts" -- probably the very ones who stand to profit from the removal of trees.

I fear that humans are in for a shock... that sooner or later it will become terribly clear that we can not just have endless growth, endless development, endless destruction, and expect everything to be fine.

Scott Robinson

- See more at:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/215021381_Teaneck_letters__July_11.html#sthash.rR6Qg15j.dpuf

 
An Open Letter to Governor Christie
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Teaneck Advisory: Transportation for Senior & Disabled Residents
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The Department offers free transportation for senior and disabled residents to medical appointments five days a week; we also provide grocery shopping on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Residents may call the Department to schedule medical appointments in Teaneck, Englewood, and Hackensack, Mondays through Fridays with the exception of Municipal Holidays. In months which contain five (5) Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, the weekly grocery shopping trips are substituted with trips to Bergen Town Center or Paramus Park Mall.

The service is curb-to-curb; residents will be picked up at their homes. When they are finished and ready to return home, residents should call the Department for pickup. Residents with wheelchairs or who are in need of assistance must be accompanied by an aide. Both vans are equipped with wheelchair lifts to accomodate disabled residents. As the transportation service is very popular, residents are strongly encouraged to call at least two weeks in advance to schedule an appointment; up to three appointments may be made at one time. Transportation is available for appointments beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 2:30 pm. All transportees must be picked up from their appointments by 3:45 pm at the latest. If your appointment begins earlier than 8 am or will run later than 3:45 pm, one-way transportation may also be arranged.

If you have scheduled an appointment and need to make a change for any reason, please notify the Transportation Co-ordinator immediately. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (201) 837-7130 ext. 7040.

http://www.teanecknj.gov/Senior-Disabled-Transportation/

 
Puffin Fights to Commemorate Historic Oak
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The Record: Bough to history



article via northjersey.com

DAYS MAY be numbered for a large, historic red oak that has deep roots in Teaneck's past, but if science is any indication, and a little luck holds, the tree may live on as more than memory. Even as its likely demise is being calculated — Bergen County is planning to chop it down, due to decay and significant loss of its root system — a cohort of arborists, advocates and tree experts are exploring options for cloning the giant tree that holds so much history.

As Staff Writer Denisa R. Superville reports, there is a chance to take cuttings from the oak and use them to produce genetically identical copies. This is hopeful news for tree lovers in Teaneck and elsewhere. Such cloning has taken place successfully through the years, though experts agree that matching the 250-year-old northern red oak might be more challenging because the plant group in general has proved difficult to clone in the past.

Nevertheless, at a time when too many of our old trees are being thoughtlessly lost, we applaud efforts, including those from the Puffin Foundation, to keep the red oak alive and to save its identity in the township. The tree's residence at Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue predates the American Revolution. Over the years many people have fought to save it from developers, and an ordinance earlier this year gave the tree official historical status.

"Nobody wants this tree to go down," said Todd Mastrobuoni, a certified tree expert, master arborist and tree risk assessor, who suggested cloning it. "And at least, if we can come up with something — that it's not a total end to it — it will be worth the time and effort."

Jason Grabosky, an associate professor of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, who was contacted by the Puffin Foundation, said three methods of cloning are under consideration: taking terminal cuttings from the tree and using growth hormones to initiate rooting; taking small branches and storing them in an environment with adequate humidity, in the hope they will eventually grow shoots; and using the sprouts that will be generated once the tree is cut down.

The odds, decidedly, are not good. And yet there are enough cloning successes, not only in New Jersey, but even with the famous cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, to bring hope. The ancient oak has proved a hearty soldier in Teaneck for more than 250 years. Here's hoping its offspring follows suit.

 
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