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PEACE AND QUIET: A visitor to the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden behind the town Recreation Center enjoys the scenic beauty and tranquility of her surroundings on a recent Sunday afternoon.
PEACE AND QUIET: A visitor to the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden behind the town Recreation Center enjoys the scenic beauty and tranquility of her surroundings on a recent Sunday afternoon.

Local business one of those selected for premier NYC event

Sattvika, a woman-owned cooking and baking business in Secaucus, has been selected as one of the participants in the Grand Diwali Mela (fair) on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Times Square in New York.

Kalindi Bakshi is Sattvika’s owner, master chef, and baker, and is noted for her dessert creations.

“Bakshi is one of the few selected food vendors for this event, which is the first of its kind and is expected to draw thousands of people from the tri-state area,” said spokesperson Smita Saraswat.

“Bollywood” celebrities are expected to attend.

During the summer, Bakshi participated in several Garden State events, including the New Jersey Dessert Expo 2013, where two of her signature desserts; rose-cardamom cheesecakes topped with pistachios, and silky Alphonso mango mini-bites, received praise.

For more information about Sattvika, Bakshi, or her creations, call (201) 988-7199, email, or visit her website or Facebook page "Sattvika by Kalindi Bakshi."

Youth Book Clubs starting up at the library

The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center will be offering different book clubs from now until May, according to Youth Services Librarian Lanora Melillo.

“The book clubs for children are a great way for youths to express their love of reading and make new friends,” she said. “We will once again be offering book clubs for youths from 2nd to 12th grades. Youths will not only have a chance to read a new book each month, they will also have a chance to discuss these books with their peers and the librarian.”

Youths in grades 6 through 8 can join Melillo on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. Their first meeting will feature book talks and discussions about their current favorites before agreeing upon a book for their October meeting. Older teens can join Melillo at Secaucus High School, as the High School Book Club Pageturners will be returning for its third year. The club, co-run with high school Media Assistant Valerie Giambona, meets the last Friday of most months during the school year. Visit Giambona at the Media Center for information about upcoming dates.

For 2nd and 3rd graders interested in joining a book club, those will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Fourth and 5th graders also wanting to join can attend their first meeting also on Oct. 16, but at 4:30 p.m.

“Interested youths do not need to register and are welcome to discuss the current book they are reading, have read, or any book they love,” Melillo said. “They will meet for approximately 30 minutes to discuss and share their opinions about what they read or are reading.”

For more information, visit the library’s Calendar of Events page located at or e-mail Melillo at

Deadline nearing for photos for first pet calendar to benefit town shelter

There’s just enough time to still get your pet’s photo in for a chance at the Secaucus Animal Shelter’s 2014 calendar. The deadline is Sept. 30.

The shelter is producing a pet calendar for the first time and wants your contribution.

Dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits, and other pets will be showcased in the group’s 2014 calendar.

Send in your pet’s name and photo (your name and phone number on back) to: Friends of the Secaucus Animal Shelter, 42 Harmon Cove Towers, Secaucus NJ 07094.

Computer printouts are acceptable. Pictures will not be returned.

Calendars will be available for purchase starting in November at all Secaucus Animal Shelter

events for a $10 donation.

All proceeds go to the Secaucus Animal Shelter. For more information, call (201) 650-4225.

Register now for October Yoga program for kids at library

The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is offering a Saturday Yoga Program for children, ages 5 to 9, for five weeks beginning in October.

The course will take place inside the library’s story tower at 10 a.m. on Saturdays Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2.

Registration for the event has already begun. To sign up, visit the library’s Calendar of Events page located at

Youths should come to class with a yoga mat and bottled water, Youth Services Librarian Lanora Melillo advised.

For more information, e-mail the Children’s Department at or call (201) 330-2085.

Save the date for classic children’s book interactive program

“Where the Wild Things Are,” the final in the trio of Tempest Production Players performances at the Secaucus Library this year, is scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., announced Lanora Melillo, youth services librarian.

The event will focus on this classic work of famed children’s author Maurice Sendak.

Like the two earlier programs, this one has been made possible by funding from the New Jersey Council of the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, and the Board of Freeholders.

For more information, contact the Secaucus Public Library's Children's Department at (201) 330-2085 or email Melillo at

‘Muskrat Ramble’ offered by NJMC in Lyndhurst

A ramble through the Meadowlands to see and learn about muskrats will be offered by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Don Smith, retired chief naturalist with the NJMC, will lead the way. Born and raised in Little Ferry, Smith is an expert on the Hackensack River and its marshes.

“Come hear Don talk about life growing up in the Meadowlands in the late 1950s, including his childhood adventures trapping muskrats in the marshes,” said Brian Aberback, commission spokesman.

The program, for all ages, is held at the Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC), 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. The tour price is $5 per person for the public and $4 for MEC members.

For more information, call (201) 460-8300 or visit

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