Health Department To Host ‘The Impact of Hearing Loss on Dementia’

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The North Arlington Health Department will host a free Lunch & Learn program, “Hear This: The Impact of Hearing Loss on Dementia” on Thursday, May 19, at 12 p.m. in the Senior Center, rear of the Health Department building at 10 Beaver Ave.

Join Derrick Wallace, MD, as he focuses on how hearing loss impacts the health and functioning of older adults. He will discuss the roles of different modalities (hearing aids) in mitigating these effects. Wallace will also explore how hearing loss may be associated with cognition, dementia, functional decline and social isolation. Lunch will be served.

This program is open to surrounding communities. Registration is required. Call the North Arlington Health Department at 201-955-5695.

North Arlington Hosts Annual EMS Day


The North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad is hosting its annual EMS Day, Sunday May 15th from 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM in the North Arlington Town Hall parking lot, located at 214 Ridge Road. The day promises to be a fun and educational one, activities include:

  • Free health screenings from Clara Maas Medical Center.
  • Viewing demonstrations from Bergen OEM, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and NAFD.
  • An up close look at emergency vehicles and a helicopter!
  • Food and drinks will be sold.

Contact Chris Imbrenda with any questions at 973-207-9975

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Important Notice from Passaic Valley Water Commission

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To help improve your water system, Passaic Valley Water Commission will be making repairs to hydrants in your area. This effort will result in some unavoidable noise, disruption of service and discoloration to the water. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please be advised that this work is scheduled to begin on April 28, 2016 starting at 8:00 AM and will be complete by 5 PM. (Subject to change due to inclement weather.)

The Bow Wow Salon Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Many customers and their dogs came out to help Barbara Gleeson, owner of the Bow Wow Salon, celebrate 30 years in business.

Many customers and their dogs came out to help Barbara Gleeson, owner of the Bow Wow Salon, celebrate 30 years in business.

The Bow Wow Salon, located at 122 Ridge Road, in North Arlington recently celebrated its 30th anniversary of being in business. Owner Barbara Gleeson couldn’t be prouder, she said. Gleeson has been involved in the art of dog grooming since age 12, so it was only fitting that she delve right into it after high school. She attended the New York City School of Dog Grooming, located on 2nd Avenue. After she graduated there, she stayed on as an employee. It was within that time that Gleeson, with the help of her sister, Cathy Gleeson Rafferty, was able to open up the Bow Wow Salon, and the rest is canine history.

Unlike those who acquire skills online these days, Gleeson is a highly educated groomer, who takes her career very seriously. “I’ve become very close to my customers. I’m married to my business,” Gleeson said. Looking around her corner shop, she added, “I’m the luckiest person to be able to come here everyday. It’s always been my dream to work with dogs.”

Gleeson’s mother, Barbara Gleeson, was an intricate part of her daughter’s success. She spent about five years helping Gleeson until her sudden death a few years ago. Everyone in the family helps out though, said Gleeson. “It’s like a family run operation. And family means everything to me.” Her cousin Deidre Sullivan said, “I’m so impressed and amazed at how long she’s been here. I thought 20 years tops. Her Mom is the smartest person I ever knew.” she added, “Her heart and soul is in this. She gets phone calls 24/7, many calling asking questions about their dogs.”

This full service dog grooming shop measures approximately 600-square-feet, but it does such a big job as it also offers a boutique with dog clothing, bakery items made at a bakery company, and a selection of toys. Her hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays book up fast, so Gleeson urges customers to book in advance. For more information check out their Facebook page at Barb’s Bow Wow Salon or call 201-997-4320.

Many customers came out to help Gleeson share her special day with her. Raffles were won and food such as pizza from Pizza Land was offered as were various desserts and refreshments including champagne. Gleeson’s customer base extends numerous years, which only solidifies the fact that her work speaks for itself. She’s not only good, but she’s also quick.

Ken Vargas, 12 year customer, who owns a Labrador and a Yorkie said, “I’ve never had a problem here. Barbara is amazing with both big and small dogs. She should have been a vet.” Tom Liebold, who takes his Shih Tzu, Dori, to the salon said, “This is the only groomer she sees, and it’s the only groomer she has ever been to.” Nat and Monica Tripodi, who have been customers for 12 years taking their Shih Tzu, Emma, and their Pomeranian, Peanut, to the salon said, “You can just tell she loves what she does.”

Councilman Richard Hughes said, “We’re very happy celebrating here today with Barbara her business after 30 years. It’s an integral part of our business community.

The barber next door, Pat Paolini, who owns Pat’s Place Complete Hair Center, has been working side by side with Gleeson for as long as the Bow Wow Salon has been there. But now Paolini is retiring, and he had some heartfelt words for his neighbor next door. “It’s been nice working next door to her all these years. We got along very well and have since become good friends,” Paolini said smiling.

Standing in front of the Bow Wow Salon are Councilman Richard Hughes Barbara Gleeson, salon owner Cathy Gleeson Rafferty, owner Councilwoman Allison Sheedy

Standing in front of the Bow Wow Salon are Councilman Richard Hughes
Barbara Gleeson, salon owner, Cathy Gleeson Rafferty, owner, Councilwoman Allison Sheedy

Bow Wow Salon owner Barbara Gleeson toasts a glass of champagne with Pat Paolini, the owner of Pat's Place Complete Hair Center. Paolini will be retiring after 33 years at the same location.

Bow Wow Salon owner Barbara Gleeson toasts a glass of champagne with Pat Paolini, the owner of Pat’s Place Complete Hair Center. Paolini will be retiring after 33 years at the same location.

North Arlington Vikings Travel Soccer Tryouts


The North Arlington Vikings are conducting their 2016-2017 travel soccer tryouts for interested boys and girls born between the years of 2003-2009. Tryouts will be held on Thursday May 5th and Friday May 6th between 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Zadroga Soccer Field, 200 Schuyler Ave, North Arlington.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED, go to and select Travel Tryouts 2016-2017. Email for questions.

  • Proper soccer gear required – shin guards with socks, cleats, and drink.
  • Travel soccer is a competitive club and only the best skilled players will be selected.
  • Should not enough players try out for a certain age group – that team will not run.
  • Players should attend BOTH sessions.
  • Travel soccer fees and uniforms are separate from Recreational fees.
  • Travel soccer, like the name implies, will require travel to games in NJ and NY.
  • Most travel teams will practice at least two games per week – in addition to recreational practice.



Clara Eckardt Mayer’s Daughter Thanks Mayor And Council

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Margaret Nichols read a letter to the mayor and council at the April 14 meeting thanking them for honoring her mother with a proclamation, flowers and declaring the day Clara Eckardt Mayer Day.

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Clara Eckardt Mayer was issued a proclamation by Mayor Joseph Bianchi and the North Arlington Council when she turned 95 on March 12. Mayer is a lifelong resident of the borough, and was born in the Eckardt farm house where she still lives today.

The Eckardt Family’s bloodline in the community runs deep. Clara worked on the farm as a child, helping to bottle milk for delivery. She was married in the borough church and raised her family here.

Her father was the founder of Schuyler Fire Company and was its first chief. Her uncle was Mayor Alfred Barnard and has a street named after him. Her uncle, Franz Eckardt, served on the board of education and was responsible for opening some of the first schools. Her brother George made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day, and the borough honored him with a street.

Her younger brother Walter became the first chief in 1970 and her niece Diane Eckardt Piscal became the first female firefighter in the borough. The newly renovated firehouse in the borough in named for her brothers. Her grandson Jeffrey Nichols has just been named deputy fire chief.

“Having seen such hard times as the debilitating illness of her husband shortly after her marriage, which caused him to be bedridden. The sudden and unexpected death of her daughter, and the sudden and unexpected deaths of her two sons-in-law, she managed to always keep an upbeat attitude,” Margaret said.

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“After several critical illnesses shortly after her 90th birthday, we never thought we would even see 95. The mayor and council went over and above in honoring her with a proclamation, flowers and her name on the town billboard.”

Margaret said as a lifelong resident, it’s gratifying to see the town honor residents who have lived through the pages of the borough’s history. She especially thanked Councilman Rich Hughes for bringing this together.

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THEN HEAR THIS! A Seminar on Hearing

Is hearing loss impacting you or your loved one?


Derrick Wallace, MD, ear, nose and throat specialist, will discuss how hearing loss effects the health and functioning of older adults. He will explain the roles different modalities (hearing aids) have in mitigating these effects. Dr. Wallace will also describe how hearing loss may be associated with cognition; dementia, functional decline and social isolation.

Thursday, May 19, 2016- 12 noon

North Arlington Health Department

10 Beaver Avenue, North Arlington

(Lunch will be served)

This program is free, but registration is required.

Call the North Arlington Health Department at 201-955-5695 to register or for more information.

This program is sponosored by Clara Maass Medical Ce


Oh my Aching Back- Strengthening & Conditioning

Clara Maass Medical Center Presents:

Oh my Aching Back

Thursday, May 5- 12 noon

North Arlington Health Department

10 Beaver Avenue, North Arlington

Do you suffer from chronic back pain?

Clara Maass Medical Center expert Dawn Bibbo, MSN, RN, ONC

Manager, Bariatrics & Orthopedic Service Line will discuss common back injuries, causes, treatment options and the most effective approaches to strength and conditioning your back.

Learn how to manage back pain. Lunch will be served.

To register, please call the North Arlington Health Department: 201-955-5695


WAVE (Wellness Assessment Van for Elders)

Clara Maass Medical Center Presents:

Catch the WAVE (Wellness Assessment Van for Elders)

Delivering Preventative Health Services in the Community

Tuesday, April 26- 9:30am-1:00pm

North Arlington Health Department

10 Beaver Avenue

To  Register for WAVE:

Call North Arlington Health Department- 201-955-5695

Please call to confirm eligibility and to schedule a specific appointment.

Light refreshments available to seniors who pre-register

Medicare seniors are eligible for a Annual Wellness Visit once every year

Why have Annual Wellness Visit?

  • It’s an annual Medicare service designed to keep you healthy!
  • No cost to you and no referral needed
  • Receive your own Personalized Health Plan to discuss with your doctor
  • If eligible, tests done for bone density, heart health, lung & nerve function available

What do I bring?

  • Medicare Card (red, white & blue card)
  • List of your medicines and doctors