Monthly Meetings

March 24 Meeting at Casa Arturo,  Speaker is Dr. Zuma Ortiz-Schumeyer

We will be meeting for a noon lunch on Saturday, March 24 at Casa Arturo, 75 Main Street, Little Falls, 07024. The phone is 973-837-8282. The speaker is Dr. Zuma Ortiz-Schumeyer, the author of: “The Revolving Door,”; the Spanish version “La Puerta Giratoria”; and “A Parent’s Guide: Seven Steps For Preventing Your Child From Having Contact with the Law.”

We will also have nominations for officers/trustees for the 2018-19 term. This is a BYO restaurant, so we will bring wine. The cost is $25.

Ortiz-Schumeyer has been with the New York City Department of Education for the past 15 years and is an assistant principal in that system. She oversaw three detention centers in the Bronx (Alternative to Detention; non-secure Detention, and a secure detention center). She retired in 2015 and was called in by the Superintendent’s Office to run a program for students who are neglected. She is currently the Director of The Institutional Facilities Program, which provides a citywide after-school supplemental instructional program in core academic subjects, technology, workforce readiness skills, activities of daily living and other areas aimed at preparing students for independent living after leaving the group.

Her education includes: a master’s in High School Secondary Education from Lehman College, University of New York City; School District Administrator Degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Leadership Academy; and Doctorate Degree in Education from North Central University.

The restaurant owner, Louis “Arturo” Morocho, has brought Italy to Little Falls. He arrived from Ecuador in 2011 and worked in fine Italian restaurants, learning the business from the bottom up. He attended William Paterson

College and studied business management. A hands-on chef, he hand-picks the meats and vegetables and oversees the entire operation.


From the west, take I-80 to Exit 53 toward US Route 46/State Highway 3/Wayne/Clifton/Lincoln Tunnel. Take the Passaic County 640/Riverview Dr. to Main Street in Little Falls. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Little Falls. Turn left onto Riverview Dr., then turn right onto Union Boulevard and a left at the first cross street onto Main Street. The restaurant will be on the right.

From the east, take I-80 west and then take Exit 55A for Union Boulevard toward Little Falls. Proceed to Union Blvd. and turn left on Main Street to Casa Arturo at 75 Main St. on right.

From the south, take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 153B to merge onto \ NJ-3 West toward US 46 West. Take 46 west to Passaic County 639 exit toward Paterson Avenue/McBride Avenue/Little Falls/West Paterson... Turn left on McBride and continue onto Paterson Avenue. Turn right onto Main Street. Casa Arturo will be on the left.

Actor/Author Chris Lucas Is to Speak April 18 At Vitale’s, Teaneck; Elections to Be Held

An actor and author, Christopher Lucas is also a lifelong fan of all things Disney. His admiration for Walt, and the company he built, led Chris to create a one-person show called “Of Mouse and Man,” which has been performed at several colleges, theaters and civic centers. He will be regaling us at our April 18 meeting at 6 p.m. at Vitale’s, 293 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck. The cost is $25, and the GSJA will be paying for the wine. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dan Schlossberg for arranging for the speaker.

Chris has been certified by the Disney Company as a Disney Expert and his latest book, “The Top 100 Top Ten of Disney,” will be published by Globe Pequot/Rowan & Littlefield in the fall of 2018. He is the co-author of the best-selling book “Seeing Home, The Ed Lucas Story,” released by Simon & Schuster and Derek Jeter Publishing in April 2015. He is also a weekly contributor to the column “As I See It” in the Jersey Journal and on

Christopher has been seen in supporting, recurring and featured TV and film roles. He currently appears on stage eight times a week at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst. As the creator of such popular attractions as the “New Jersey Sopranos Tour,” “NYC Holiday Lights Tour,” “NY Yankees History Tour” and “Disney’s Enchanted New

York,” Christopher has been profiled in People Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and several other national publications.

He lives in suburban New Jersey with his two young sons. His goal is to take a vacation someday that doesn’t involve a visit to a Disney theme park.

Our dinner that night will include two appetizers, a salad, a choice of two Entrées and two vegetables.


From the west, take I-80 east and get off at Exit 67 toward Bogota/Ridgefield Park. Continue onto North Avenue. Turn left onto Main St. / Queen Anne Road. Vitale’s will be on the right.

From the south, take the Garden State Parkway north and stay to the right to take Exit 129 for I-95 North. Keep staying on I95 North, following signs for the George Washington Bridge. Take Exit 70A-70B toward Leonia/Teaneck. Use the right lane to continue toward Degraw Avenue. Keep right to continue on Exit 70B, follow signs for Teaneck and merge onto Degraw Avenue. Turn left onto Queen Anne Road. The restaurant will be on the left.