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                      THE STARSHIP LOCAL
 
A NEWSLETTER OF THE SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION OF BERGEN COUNTY

..........136 MANHATTAN AVENUE * WALDWICK, NEW JERSEY  07463
...........................PHONE:  (201) 447 - 3652

 

......................DECEMBER MEETING PREVIEW:
.........................Saturday, December 8, 2018
 
..............................6:00 PM:  Doors Open
..................6:05 PM:  Room Set Up / Food Set Up

.................7:15 PM:  DINNER SERVED (We Hope!)


You are invited to an evening of good cheer, food and conversation at the meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 318 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey 07458.

POT LUCK DINNER DETAILS

A minimum of four volunteers will be needed at the Methodist Church at 6:00 PM to assist with the set up for the pot luck dinner. For those of you who are new to the group and unfamiliar with pot luck dinners, the affair operates in this manner: everyone prepares a dish and everyone shares from the common pot. We hope to have dinner ready for 7:15 PM.  The Methodist Church has a refrigerator and facilities to keep warm / reheat food.

We will need main dishes (stews, roasts, pastas, casseroles), appetizers, side dishes, desserts, beverages, condiments, paper products, serving utensils and so on.  To avoid duplication, please notify Philip De Parto about your planned contribution in advance of the event.

Anyone bringing food is asked to include an index card to display with their dish.  The card should include the following information:  the name of the contributor, the name of the dish, and the list of ingredients used in the preparation of the food.  This will allow people with dietetic restrictions of a medical or religious nature to be sure they can enjoy the food without difficulty.

Although we much prefer that everyone bring a dish, we know that there will always be someone who decides to attend at the last minute or who will be unable to prepare something for the meal. These people may donate $ 7.00 in lieu of food. This is to cover the cost of food and is separate from the Attendance or Annual Membership Fees that may be due. Note: everyone is expected to contribute food or equivalent. This includes first time attendees.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARRIVE AT THE METHODIST CHURCH WITH YOUR FOOD BY OR NEAR 7:15 PM.  WHEN FOOD ARRIVES HOURS LATE IT SIMPLY GETS DISCARDED BECAUSE EVERYONE IS FULL!

This is a standard meeting of the Association with the usual membership, etc fee structure in place.  We require these fees in addition to the food or money for dinner because the Methodist Church and the Post Office charge us for rent, postage, and so on.  Call ahead of time if you need to discuss anything.



ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION:

Meetings of the Association are held on second Saturday of the month and feature talks, slide shows and other presentations by experts in science fiction, fantasy, horror and related fields.  The Association sponsors online Google and FaceBook discussion groups and a number of in-person activities devoted to various aspects of science fiction and similar matters, including events focused on books, movies, television, animation, horror and similar areas of interest.  We also produce a monthly newsletter listing talks, conventions, discussion groups and other activities pertaining to science fiction and kindred genres.  We invite you to contact us through our website:

.........................https://sites.google.com/site/sfassnofbergencounty/

 
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THE STARSHIP LOCAL.....Volume 17, Number  12.....Copyright 2018
.........................................Philip J De Parto

THE STARSHIP LOCAL is the monthly meeting notice of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County.  Its purpose is to communicate basic information about the activities of the organization to devotees of fantasy, horror and science fiction.  All Material by Philip J De Parto unless otherwise acknowledged.

We also publish a more extensive newsletter, THE STARSHIP EXPRESS, for the members of our organization.  If you are not a member and would like to receive the EXPRESS, mail a check for $ 17.00 made payable to Philip J De Parto, 136 Manhattan Avenue, Waldwick, New Jersey  07463.


Directions to Meeting Site:

 
Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church
318 West Saddle River 
Upper Saddle River 
Bergen County, New Jersey  07458
(201)  327 - 3960

The Methodist Church is across the street from our former meeting site.  Additional parking can be found on the sides and back of the Church.

Important Note:  The Methodist Church is on WEST Saddle River Road.  One block further over is EAST Saddle River Road.  Unlike streets in New York, East does not turn into West.  The roads are on opposite banks of the Saddle River which is nothing more than a stream at this point.

  

FROM ROUTE 17 NORTHBOUND:

Exit ROUTE 17 NORTH at the sign which reads SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE.  (This is the exit after Sheridan Avenue, Ho Ho Kus.)  This exit puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE AVENUE heading East.  Stay on road for about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  Drive north for 1-3/4 miles.  Shortly after passing a brick Catholic Church, the Church of the Presentation, on your left hand side you cross into Upper Saddle River.  The Methodist Church is on your right hand side.  If you come to a traffic light you have slightly overshot and hit LAKE STREET.

Note:  You will see a sign marked WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD on Route 17 northbound well to the south of where you have been told to leave 17.  If you take this exit, you will eventually get where you want to be, but it will take you a lot longer to get there.


 FROM ROUTE 17 SOUTHBOUND:

Exit ROUTE 17 SOUTH at SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE exit.  This puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE ROAD heading East.  You drive under the highway.  Then follow the directions from Route 17 Northbound.

Note:  This way takes you a little bit longer than the exit for UPPER SADDLE RIVER, but it spares you making hairpin turns on steep hills at night in bad weather on an unfamiliar road.

 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTHBOUND:

Take Exit 172, GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE.  (This is the last exit in New Jersey and is just past the Montvale Service Area).  Turn left at the exit ramp and head west on GRAND AVENUE.  There are a lot of small towns in this area, and the road that you're on will keep changing its name.  At different points it is called GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE ROAD, RAMSEY ROAD and LAKE STREET.  At the second traffic light you will be at the intersection of LAKE STREET and EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  It has a landmark that anyone in the area will know about:  a 7-11 type store called Elmers which has an attached Lukoil gas station.  Keep driving west.  Do not turn. Turn left at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  The Methodist Church is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your left.

 

FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY VIA ROUTE 59:

Follow ROUTE 59 until you come to Norris Pontiac in Monsey and turn south at the  traffic light unto ROUTE 306.   This road is also called EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  Head south towards New Jersey.  (Note:  Although the maps show this road as Route 306, and that's what everyone calls it, after you make the turn, the sign reads ROUTE 73.  Don't ask me to explain it.)  Stay on ROUTE 306 for 2.3 miles Note that there is a long stretch between the first and second traffic lights.

Turn right at the second traffic light which is the intersection of EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD and LAKE STREET.  Elmers, a 7-11 type store with an attached Lukoil gas station, is at this corner.  Proceed west and turn left at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  The Methodist Church is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your left.



DECEMBER ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Note:  Many Activities Are at a Different Locale in December and Will Return To Their Normal Venue in January.

12/03/18..........Monday
..........Monsters of Horror Book Group
..........Film:  PERCY JACKSON / SEA OF MONSTERS
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 8:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/04/18..........Tuesday
..........Final Frontier Genre Television Discussion
..........Viewers' Choice Videos
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 8:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/07/18..........Friday
..........Armchair Odyssey Genre TV Mini-Binge
..........LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, Season 2, Episodes 14 - 17
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/08/18..........Saturday
..........SFABC General Meeting.
..........Holiday Party / Pot Luck Dinner
...............6:00 PM:  Doors Open.  Set Up Begins
...............7:15 PM:  Food Served (We Hope!)
..........Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church
..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

12/11/18..........Tuesday
..........Writers' Space Saloon
..........Author Advances
..........Google Hangouts, 7:30 PM
..........Your Desktop / Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone

12/12/18..........Wednesday
..........Infinite Images Movie Night
..........LOVE AT FIRST BITE
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/16/18..........Sunday
..........Writers' Space Saloon
..........Hypnotism:  Getting It Right
..........Google Hangouts, 12:30 PM
..........Your Desktop / Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone

12/18/18..........Tuesday
..........Topic Discussion Group
..........Best Genre Movies, Television, Books & More Viewed in 2018
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 8:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/20/18..........Thursday
..........Fantastic Worlds Book Group
..........Best Genre Books Read in 2018
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:30 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/25/18..........Tuesday
..........Special Activity
..........Christmas Dinner & Holiday Hang Out
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 3:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

12/28/18..........Friday
..........Double Star Film Discussion
..........LOVE AT FIRST BITE / THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
..........Paramus Park Mall 2nd Floor Food Court, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey

12/30/18..........Sunday
..........Writers of the Weird
..........Critique Session
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

JANUARY EVENTS AT A GLANCE

01/01/19..........Tuesday
..........Final Frontier Genre Television Discussion
..........Fall 2018 TV Season Update, Part 1
..........Panera Bread, 8:00 PM
..........Ramsey, New Jersey

01/04/19..........Friday
..........Armchair Odyssey Television Mini-Binge
..........THE GOOD PLACE, Season 2, Episodes 1 - 6
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

01/07/19..........Monday
..........Monsters of Horror Book Group
..........AN EASY DEATH by Charlaine Harris
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 8:00 PM
..........Hackensack, New Jersey

01/08/19..........Tuesday
..........Writers' Space Saloon
..........The Odyssey Experience
..........Google Hangouts, 7:30 PM
..........Your Desktop / Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone

01/09/19..........Wednesday
..........Infinite Images Movie Night
..........Girl Must Solve Maze of Orc King to Save her Brother
..........Public Library, 6:45 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

01/15/19..........Tuesday
..........Topic Discussion Group
..........Plants in Science Fiction
..........The Fine Grind Coffee Bar, 8:00 PM
..........Little Falls, New Jersey

01/17/19..........Thursday
..........Fantastic Worlds Book Group
..........THE JADE THRONE by Naomi Novik
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey

01/26/19..........Saturday
..........Special Activity
..........Science Talk / Q & A with James Campanella
..........Public Library, 1:30 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

01/27/19..........Sunday
..........Writers of the Weird
..........Critique Session
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

01/31/19..........Thursday
..........Double Star Film Discussion
..........LABYRINTH / WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
..........Paramus Park Mall 2nd Floor Food Court, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey
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