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Here's a sneak peek of what's coming up in River Dell this week

MONDAY: Happy New Year's Eve from Patch. If you are heading out into Bergen County to celebrate, save one of these taxi cab numbers to your phone just incase.

TUESDAY: The River Edge Mayor and Council hosts its Sine Die meeting at 11am to honor outgoing Council President Paul Cordts. Afterwards, Vito Acquafredda and Anthony Cappola will each take the oath of office for their respective three-year terms on the Council.

WEDNESDAY: The Oradell-Emerson Rotary Club meets Wednesdays, 7:30am at the United Water Building, 1st  floor  seminar  room,  700  Kinderkamack Road, Oradell. For more information, contact Tom Kelly at 201-251-6501.

THURSDAY: Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors, a support group for people who are actively looking for work and/or want to invigorate their job search, meets on Thursdays 7pm at the River Edge Library. Group members will assist each other in techniques and suggestions to improve job search, offer support, and help with personal and professional networking to find a position. Meetings are open to all residents in Bergen County. For more information contact John R. Fugazzie at 201-262-0103 or email johnrfugazzie@aol.com.

WEEKEND: The Oradell Mayor and Council Sine Die is scheduled for Sunday, 12:30pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. The reorganization meeting will begin by 1pm when Council President James Koth and Councilwoman Donna Alonso will be sworn in to their seats.

On Sunday afternoon, 2 to 5pm, close out the winter holiday season at Historic New Bridge Landing at the Bergen County Historical Society’s Twelfth Night Party at the Campbell-Christie House. Members and guests are invited to bring a favorite food or drink and to share in an afternoon of celebration and New Year cheer.

In olden times, festivities surrounding Twelfth Night were the most lavish of the year, featuring a great feast with bonfires, plays, music, dancing and wassailing. The ancient custom of wassailing involved making twelve fires of straw and drinking toasts of cider or ale. A mock king, called the King of Beans, or Lord of Misrule, was elected by lot: The guest who discovered a bean in his or her slice of Twelfth Night Cake was elected sovereign for the revelries. In some places, these kings and queens placed white crosses in the rafters to exclude hobgoblins, witches and bugs for the remainder of the year.

Games of the Week

River Dell

Boys basketball hosts the Fort Lee Bridgemen on Jan. 3, 7pm before heading onto the road on Jan. 5, 1pm to face Cliffside Park.

Girls basketball will also face the Lady Bridgemen in Fort Lee, Jan. 3, 7pm and Cliffside Park on Jan. 5, 3:30pm. Against the Red Raiders, the Lady Hawks will take to the court in Fair Lawn High School.

Ice Hockey faces familiar faces this week, starting with Passaic Valley at Floyd Hall, Jan. 4, 7:30pm. The Golden Hawks beat the Hornets in early December. The Fair Lawn Cutters are next on Jan. 6, 5:30pm at the Ice House, who River Dell fell to in mid-December.

Indoor track will participate in the Garfield Invitational at Garfield High School on Jan. 2, 6pm.

Wrestling hosts the Dumont Huskies on Jan. 4, 7pm.

Bowling and swimming are not competing this week.

Bergen Catholic

The Crusaders basketball team face archrival Don Bosco Prep on Jan. 3, 7pm in Ramsey and head to Kean University on Jan. 6 for a 1:30pm game against Union Catholic.

Ice Hockey starts off the week on the road in Woodbridge for a 6:45pm rematch with St. Joe's of Metuchen after meeting before the end of the year in the Pepsi Classic Holiday Tournament. Bergen takes to the Ice House on Jan. 6, 3:30pm against Pope John XXIII.

Wrestling takes to the mat three times in the span of two days, starting with hosting Passaic County Tech on Jan. 4, 7pm. The Crusaders will host Southern (10am) and St. Anthony's of New York (12pm) in their first tri-meet of the season on Jan. 5.

Indoor Track will compete at Manhattan College on Jan. 3, 4pm.

The bowling and swim teams have this week off from competition.

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