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Fourth graders at Clarendon Elementary School learn about economics in the classroom. Pictured are students Andrew Gomez, Stella Nardone, and Samantha Soler. (See brief)
Fourth graders at Clarendon Elementary School learn about economics in the classroom. Pictured are students Andrew Gomez, Stella Nardone, and Samantha Soler. (See brief)
Clarendon School fourth grade students participate in classroom economy

At the onset of the school year, students in Miss Tara Mizzoni’s fourth grade class at Clarendon School were introduced to Economics. In order to understand the economic forces that affect their lives, students first had to experience those forces first hand. Participating in classroom economy provides students with valuable life skills. Some of these skills include applying for jobs, participating in interviews, exchanging money for goods and services, and gaining an understanding of supply and demand.

Through participation in the classroom’s economy, the fourth graders get paid bi-weekly their job’s salary. In addition, students may receive a bonus for a completed week of homework. Students have the opportunity to purchase coupons on Friday’s when the class store is open.

Help Puerto Rico

Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council have asked for donations that will be sent to Puerto Rico. All items can be dropped off at the Senior Center, 101 Centre Ave., from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday Oct. 7 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Donations requested include bottled water, diapers, formula, toothpaste, tooth brushes, blankets, and clothes.

Retiring director of special services honored; students meet replacement

Susan Smahl, the director of Special Services in the Secaucus school district for the past nine years, retired effective Sept. 30. In her honor, a special breakfast was held at Clarendon School, hosted by Principal Steve Viggiani. The Clarendon school staff and central office staff celebrated with Ms. Smahl at the breakfast. During the breakfast Principal Viggiani expressed his best wishes to Ms. Smahl on her retirement, and the Clarendon School staff presented her with a gift.

Meanwhile, an enthusiastic audience of parents and guardians filled the Band Room at Clarendon School recently to attend a “Meet and Greet Mr. Raymond Dorso Evening.” The purpose of the evening was to provide a forum for the parents of district students to meet the new Interim Director of Special Services, Raymond Dorso.

Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops began the evening by greeting the all in attendance and thanking each for their presence. He was then followed by Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm who provided those in attendance with an overview of some new exciting initiatives and curricular developments currently being launched in the district.

Knops then went on to share the search process from which Dorso was selected, highlighting the fact that the position was advertised state-wide in the Sunday Star Ledger, from which a field of 18 candidates then applied.

The search committee then selected eight candidates to interview as part of the first round of interviews, after this the field was narrowed to four finalists. From these four finalists Mr. Dorso was recommended for the position by the interview panel, and subsequently approved by the Board of Education at their Sept. 21 meeting.

Local author offers one-shot writing class to get your story onto paper

Do you have a piece of writing, or an idea for a piece of writing (memoir, novel, script, comedy), and you need feedback on it or ideas on how to get it published? Now you can learn how in your own back yard! Local novelist (and Reporter editor) Caren Lissner – who has run memoir-writing classes at the Secaucus Public Library in the past -- is doing a one-shot writing (and publishing) class at Little City Books in Hoboken on the evening of Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s open to all stages, ages, and genres – from memoirs to fiction to scripts. The store is five blocks from the Hoboken train station.

Those who’ve written their story, essay, poem, novel excerpt, or screenplay can bring 1 to 5 double-spaced pages, or those who just want to participate in discussion (auditors) can come and sit in. But space is limited, so register using the link below or check the events page of

Lissner’s funny first novel, “Carrie Pilby,” was just turned into a comedy movie starring Nathan Lane, currently on Netflix. She has also published articles, essays, and satire in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and National Lampoon.

Lissner has run publishing/writing seminars for adults and teens. Find out more at .

There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program ($25), and it’s lower for those who are just participating without bringing work for critique ($20). For more information, click or contact Lissner via her website, .

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