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Frances Rosario-Puleo of New Milford to Perform with Verismo Opera Chorus in I Pagliacci

 

                                Frances Rosario-Puleo

 

          Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the NJ Association of Verismo Opera, announces Frances Rosario-Puleo of New Milford has been selected to perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus in the company’s spring production of I Pagliacci on April 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey. 

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ANNOUNCES FILM, IT'S A GIRL

 

 

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) provides resources and information about work, services and events that help women and girls.  The LWVNV, a nonprofit organization drawing members from over 20 towns in Bergen County, announces the Northern NJ Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NNJ NOW) is hosting a special screening of It’s a Girl, as part of the film’s international screening tour on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Tenafly Middle School, located at 10 Sunset Lane in Tenafly, New Jersey. 

 

The three deadliest words in parts of the world today are “It’s a girl”.  The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing.  In India, China and many other parts of the world, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are female.  Girls who survive infancy are still often subject to neglect, and may grow up to face extreme violence in their marriages.

 

A powerful and thought-provoking documentary film, It’s a Girl reveals the issue of “gendercide” by exploring the stories of the victims, families, global experts and grassroots activists.  Shot on location in India and China, It's a Girl asks why this is happening and why so little is being done to save girls and women. 

 

“It is our hope that by educating audiences worldwide about gendercide, we can help end this war against girls. We believe that the stories of It’s a Girl will capture hearts around the world and will compel us all to rise up and fuel a movement to end gender-based violence and killings, as well as resoundingly affirm the worth and dignity of girls and women in India, China and the rest of the world,” said Evan Grae Davis, director of It’s a Girl.

 

NOW has always fought for justice and equality for women.  As long as women anywhere in the world are treated as not human, we are ALL in danger of being treated the same way.  Steubenville is not that far from New Delhi, and this is a must-see film for all of us,” explained Bonnie Shapiro, President of NNJ NOW.

 

NNJ NOW’s screening of the film is part of an international screening tour to raise awareness for gendercide worldwide and provide audiences with actionable steps to end it.  To take action against gendercide, visit Causes.com/ItsaGirl.

 

More information about It’s a Girl is available at www.itsagirlmovie.com.  To receive information about a special free screening of the documentary, contact Vanessa Loh at 201-310-5042. 

  

Northern New Jersey NOW is an affiliate of NOW NJ and National NOW.  Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to bring about equality and end discrimination for all women.  The 500 affiliates of National NOW, including NNJ NOW, are dedicated to winning economic equality for all women, championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues, opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays, and ending violence against women.

 

The League was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 800 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.  League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission. 

 

The LWVNV draws members from Alpine, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale, Tenafly, Washington Township and Woodcliff Lake.

 

For a membership packet and other information about the League, visit the organization’s website at www.lwvbergen.org, call (201) 947-0756, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Pet Adoption Day

Join Love To Live Animal Rescue in helping pets find their forever homes!

 

 

Saturday, 2/23rd • 1pm–4pm

Sunday, 2/24th • 12pm–4pm

 

 

Pet Pizazz!

                The Shoppes at Flemington

              100 Reaville Avenue   

              Flemington, NJ 08822

 

 

 

 

FORT LEE RESIDENT SELECTED TO PERFORM WITH VERISMO OPERA CHORUS IN I PAGLIACCI

 

      

 

          Marenda Perry of Fort Lee has been selected to perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus as a villager in the company’s spring production of I Pagliacci on April 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. 

         “The NJ Association of Verismo Opera is delighted that Marenda Perry, a veteran vocalist who performed with The Metropolitan Opera and other leading opera houses throughout New York and Europe, will sing with the Verismo Opera Chorus and perform as a villager in our new production of I Pagliacci.  Ms. Perry previously sang in The Metropolitan Opera House’s production of I Pagliacci and has an extensive repertoire in opera, oratorio, concert and sacred music,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the NJ Association of Verismo Opera.

         Perry retired to Fort Lee three years ago and credited Verismo Opera with giving her the opportunity to continue performing her craft.  “Singing with the NJ Association of Verismo Opera has renewed the magic of the stage to my life and is allowing me to practice my love of music, opera and performance,” she said.       

         After a successful New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Perry performed as a soloist with the New York Oratorio Society, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the National Chorale Council.  She sang the roles of Serena and The Strawberry Woman in Porgy & Bess at Radio City Music Hall in New York City; Teatro Comunale Opera House in Florence, Italy; Theater Des Westerns in Berlin, Germany; and The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. 

         While at The Metropolitan Opera House, she was selected to sing with the ensemble and performed in audience favorites, such as La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen, I Pagliacci, and many more.  Later, she joined the acclaimed Grace Bumbry’s Sacred Music Ensemble and performed as a soprano soloist touring Austria.

         She appeared in the Broadway production of Desert Song and in the Tony award-winning cast of Raisin.  The New York Times said, “[Ms. Perry] is an attractive lyric soprano… she captures the audience with her delicately powerful finely tuned voice and ravishing top notes.”

         As a widow, she performed throughout the world with her daughter, Noelle, who performed in children’s roles alongside her mother.  Perry sang throughout the United States, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and even as far as Korea, Israel, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East and Africa.  

         A Philadelphia native, Perry was a scholarship graduate of Combs College of Music and also attended the Curtis Institute of Music both in Philadelphia.  Today, she is active in The First Reformed Church of the Palisades in Fort Lee.  

        

Audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus

         The opera company will hold its last auditions for the chorus on February 22 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. at 44 Armory St. in Englewood, New Jersey.  No prior stage experience is required.  An application may be downloaded from the organization’s web site.  For further information about auditioning for the Verismo Opera Chorus, call (201) 886-0561. 

        

         For more information about the NJ Association of Verismo Opera, visit the company’s web site, view and like the organization on Facebook, follow the company on Twitter @NJVerismoOpera or call (201) 886-0561.

 

Eleventh Hour Rescue Comes to Pet Pizazz!
Adopt a Dog or Cat

If you are a pet lover, don’t miss this opportunity to adopt a dog of your own!  Pet Pizazz!, which offers luxury pet supplies for every need in a wide variety at affordable prices, will be hosting this event in collaboration with the Eleventh Hour Rescue and Pet Res Q with the goal of helping to find dozens of dogs a lifelong, loving home. 

100 Reaville Avenue 

Flemington, NJ 08822

Saturday, February 23, 2013

1PM – 4PM

CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH & LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS' 93RD BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 3

 

 

 

 

 

League of Women Voters of Bergen County to Hold

“Celebration of Women’s History”

Commemorating the League’s 93rd Birthday & Women’s History Month

 

       The League of Women Voters of Bergen County will hold its annual commemoration of Women’s History Month and observe the League’s 93rd birthday with a special celebration on Sunday, March 3, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Park Ridge Community Center, 53 Park Avenue, Park Ridge, New Jersey.  The entrance to the library on the lower level should be used.  The celebration is FREE and open to the public.

         The audience is invited to participate in the program and to select and discuss briefly a woman in U.S. current or past history, whom they admire.  At previous celebrations, contenders have included foremothers who paved the way for future generations, such as Sandra Day O’Connor, Amelia Earhart, Sonia Sotomayor, Abigail Adams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Guy Blache, Elena Kagan, Rosa Parks, Lucine Amara, Julia de Burgos and many others.  Dressing in character is optional, but always adds to the fun. 

         Guests are invited to stay afterward and enjoy refreshments.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

         The League of Women Voters was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 800 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.  Membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support the organization’s mission. 

         For more information about the League, visit the League of Women Voters of Bergen County’s website.

 

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Perform Final Concert of the Season. Students Under 18 Admitted Free.

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Inc. members (left to right) Patricia Dougherty, bass; Daryl Goldberg, cello; Edward Brewer, harpsichord; Marsha Heller, oboe; Theresa Norris, flute; and William J. Scribner, bassoon. Photo credit: Rob Mathewson

            The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. presents its final concert of the season on March 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m., at the Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue, in Leonia, New Jersey.  The concert is dedicated to the memory of cellist Peter Rosenfeld, one of the original founders of the ensemble.      

       An integral part of the nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide high quality performances that are affordable and accessible to the public.  Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors over 65.  A family friendly ticket price is offered with students under age 18 admitted FREE.

       The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society’s program features the resonance of the piano, operatic and rich melodies by Johannes Brahms and Mikhail Glinka and the exuberance of Wallingford Riegger.  The program includes Riegger’s Concerto For Piano and Woodwind Quintet, Glinka’s Grand Sextet for Piano and Strings and Brahms’ B Major Piano Trio. 

       The talented line-up of professional musicians performing in this last concert of the season are the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society’s Patricia Dougherty, bass; Daryl Goldberg, cello; Marsha Heller, oboe; Theresa Norris, flute; and William J. Scribner, bassoon.  They are joined by colleagues Roy Lewis and Roxanne Bergman, violins; Maggie Speier, viola; Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet; Richard Hagen, French horn; and Steven Masi, piano.  All the musicians perform in the major concert halls of New York City with prominent orchestras, such as American Ballet Theater, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Queens Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Pops, in addition to teaching and performing throughout New Jersey.

       Refreshments are served after the concert, and the audience has an opportunity to meet and greet the musicians.

 

       The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts.  The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians generate the excitement of a live performance with professional talent: all of them perform in the major concert halls of New York City.

       Music for the programs is selected to educate the audience about different periods and styles of music.  Throughout the concerts, presentations are given about the music being played, the composers, the musicians and related subjects.

       Tax-deductible contributions to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. are welcome and encouraged to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices.  Checks may be made to the attention of Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605.  To be added to the mailing list, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923.

NEED A SCHOLARSHIP? FOUNDATION'S 2013 DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28

        

             The Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc. is still accepting applications for the 2013 annual scholarship and stipend awards for course required materials for current college and college-bound students of Hispanic heritage.  The HBCSF has a mission to advance the educational aspirations of Hispanic students to become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of the community. 

            Open to New Jersey residents of Hispanic heritage, the current application can be accessed through www.hbcsf.org.  Applications and all required information must be postmarked by Thursday, February 28, 2013.  HBCSF will award a minimum of $40,000 in scholarships and stipends.  Scholarships up to $4,000 each will be disbursed directly to the college or university of the student's choice during the 2013-2014 school term. 

            A student must remain enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university, community college or technical school in the United States and maintain a 3.0 GPA.  In addition to tuition scholarships, HBCSF also awards $1,000 stipends for books and other course required materials.  Scholarship recipients will be required to complete 80 hours of community service between June 2013 and June 2014.

         Interviews and the final award selection will be completed in April 2013 and the scholarships will be presented at the Foundation’s 22nd Annual Scholarship Gala to be held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey on Thursday, May 30, 2013.  The annual gala serves as the major fund-raiser for the HBCSF.   

            Several sponsors are instrumental in providing funding for the scholarship and stipend awards.  Platinum sponsors are Quixote Dunes, Inc. and Wells Fargo Private Bank.  Gold sponsors are Berkeley College, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, and Unilever followed by silver sponsor Lowenstein Sandler Attorneys At Law.  Bronze level sponsors are Booz | Allen | Hamilton, Luhrs & Associates, New Jersey Accounting Services, Inc., PNC Bank, Prudential, PSE&G, The Center for Better Smiles, LLC, and U.S. Financial Services, LLC.  In-kind sponsor is Edward Chase Images.

            Since 1993, HBCSF has awarded $365,500 to 139 students throughout the state.  Information about the 2012 scholarship recipients and the organization's gala may be accessed online or requested by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

        Donations are welcome and may be made online or sent to HBCSF, 429C Cedar Lane #313, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.  For further information, visit the HBCSF online or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AUDITIONS BEING HELD FOR SOLO ROLES IN GIANNI SCHICCHI

 

 

Bergen County's NJ Association of Verismo Opera is holding auditions for vocalists to fill the roles of Amantio di Nicolao and Pinellino in the company’s double bill, Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci.

 

These grand operas will be performed on April 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood.  For additional pay, vocalists are required to sing in the chorus of I Pagliacci.  Jerseyites are wanted. For information, contact General Manager Evelyn La Quaif at 212-580-8519.

 

The NJ Association of Verismo Opera has been a part of the New Jersey music scene since 1989.  The opera company, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is the only professional opera company in Bergen County and northern New Jersey.  Under Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara, the organization provides performing opportunities for young musicians and artists and sponsors an annual vocal competition held in November with finals generally conducted in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, drawing artists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The company also organizes opera workshops and offers affordable, highly professional operatic productions in the community.

 

Verismo Opera is recognized for providing up and coming performing artists with the training to attain a successful operatic career.  Several singers, notably Richard Hobson, Frank Poretta, Emmanuel di Villarosa, James Valenti and Irina Rindzuner of the Metropolitan Opera, started their road to success by performing in its productions.

 

For more information about the NJ Association of Verismo Opera, visit its web site, www.njavo.org, like its Facebook page, follow the company on Twitter, or call (201) 886-0561.

Verismo Opera to Perform I Pagliacci & Gianni Schicchi at bergenPAC. Special Ticket Rates Available.

I Pagliacci. Photo: Marilyn Monsanto

 

Come one, come all and see professional, grand opera performed in Bergen County. 

Under Artistic Director and Met Opera great Lucine Amara, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera will perform Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi on April 21st at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.  Verismo Opera is offering a special 2 for 1 discount on $55 and $45 tickets available only on February 7, 8 and 9 for the April 21st performances.  The code for this special offer is PS1.         

The 2 for 1 discount rate on $45 and $55 tickets only may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, in person at the bergenPAC box office located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  Patrons need to use the code PS1 to receive this special offer.

 

SPECIAL TICKET RATES FOR CHILDREN & SENIOR CITIZENS

Reduced ticket rates for senior citizens, ages 65 and over, and children, ages 12 and under, are also available now through April 21st to see I Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi.   Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates are entitled to a 10% discount.

Verismo Opera continues its tradition of introducing and educating youngsters to the joy of fine music.  The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under.  Children’s tickets may be purchased in person at the bergenPAC box office or by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll free at 1-888-PACSHOW.  

For more information about the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, visit www.njavo.org, like it on Facebook, follow the company on Twitter or call (201) 886-0561.

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