Monthly Meetings

Holiday Party Is Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Cinar, Emerson

Come celebrate the Holiday Season at the New Turkish Fusion Restaurant, Cinar, 214 Kinderkamack Avenue, Emerson, on a Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1:30 p.m. (not a Sat. at noon). Back by popular demand are the same two exciting entertainers from last year’s bash in Fort Lee, who had us all singing and dancing. In 2014, Christine Provenzano and Dominic DiMattina became the now popular singing duo, "It Takes Two.”  They sing Standards, Doo Wops and Oldies and, in fact, most songs from the 1950s to the 1980s.

We will have a Secret Santa table at Cinar, where you can drop a gift of $10 or less and pick a different gift when you leave.  The gift should be wrapped and have your name inside so the person knows who gave it to them. If you don’t bring a gift, don’t take one. The cost is $25 per person and the club will purchase wine from the restaurant.  The phone number there is 201-523-9284.

Cinar’s owner, Tunc Oclu, from Ayvalik, Turkey, is pulling out all the stops for our group’s annual party with his special contemporary Turkish delights with a fusion spin. Hot and cold appetizers excite both the eye and palatte.  Chef Yilmaz Ucar has conjured up a panoply of perfect dishes.  The name Cinar, by the way, is Turkish for maple leaf, a symbol of longevity.


From the south, take the Garden State Parkway until Exit 165 toward Oradell. Stay on Oradell, turn left onto Forest Avenue. Forest veers left, but stay straight ahead on the same street, which changes its name to 4th Avenue. At the fourth big intersection, turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. and then right onto Kinderkamack Road. Cinar is on the right at number 214.

From the west, take I-80 eastbound to the Garden State Parkway and follow the above instructions.


We’ll be Meeting Sat., Jan. 26, Noon at Boonton Station, Built in 1904

You won’t want to miss this meeting at noon on Saturday, January 26 at Boonton Station, a train depot built in 1904.  The main dining room is the old waiting room.  It fell into disuse and in 2013, Michael Andalaft bought the depot and spent two years recreating it into a popular restaurant.  The station waiting area, with restored stained glass windows, is now the main dining room. The old platform is used for outdoor dining during warmer weather. It has a party room. The cost is $25. The restaurant is at 202 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton and the phone number is 973-917-4500. We are working on a speaker.  More details in next month’s Font Page.

OTHER MEETINGS: Mark your calendars for Sat., February 23 (the 15th is on Presidents weekend); Sat., March 23 (the 16 is St. Patrick’s Day weekend and difficult to get a venue); Wednesday night April 17 at Dante’s Ristorante, Leonia; and Wednesday night, May 22, at Don Pepe’s, Newark (our annual awards dinner).

Several of Our Speakers are Making the News

Art Shamsky, hero of the 1969 Miracle Mets, who spoke to us a few weeks ago, is readying his newest book, “The Magnificent Seasons: How the Jets, Mets and Knicks Made Sports History and Uplifted a City and Country,” written with Barry Zeman (Thomas Dunne Books).  In 1969 the three underdog NY sports team all won their championships, an unprecedented feat in the history of sports. That brought euphoria to balance the lingering political despair of 1969.

Shamsky recreates that magical period in sports history and what it meant then and still means today. In the book, Shamsky introduces members of all three teams. He includes interviews with Joe Namath, Tom Seaver, Bill Bradley, Yogi Berra, Emerson Boozer, Jerry Koosman and others. As important as these wins were to the players and coaches, the victories meant as much to the city and the people who celebrated them.  Art includes comments from such personalities as Bob Costas, David Halberstam, Rudy Giuliani and others. 

ON ANOTHER FRONT… Our old friends Michael Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer, who have been featured speakers at several of our meetings, are having their book, Crooked Brooklyn, picked up for the screen.  Joel Silver and his Silver Pictures Television has sold the drama project to CBS. The screen version, written by Adair Cole, is inspired by Vecchione’s and Schmetterer’s 2015 bestselling book “Crooked Brooklyn: Taking Down Corrupt Judges, Dirty Politicians, Killers and Body Snatchers.” It tells the tale of the Brooklyn Rackets Division DAs being given badges and guns and tasked with both investigating crime on the streets and prosecuting those crimes in the courtroom. We can’t wait to see it!