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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

 

.......................MAY MEETING PREVIEW:
.........................Saturday, May 12, 2018
 
..6:15 PM:  Writers' Space Salon:  Tiny Details of World Building
..............6:30 PM:  Ice Nine: Coolest Genre News

8:00 PM:  ELEKTRA HAMMOND, COPY EDITOR / PROOFREADER / EDITOR / WRITER


We invite you to join us at the monthly General Meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  The event will be held at the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 318 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey  07458.  Our speaker is Elektra Hammond, best known within the field as an accomplished Copy Editor and Proofreader. She is best known outside the field as a Judge of Cat Shows.  Come and meet her!.


PRE MEETING EVENTS:

The Writers' Space Salon will network and discuss Tiny Details in World Building at 6:15 PM. Our Ice Nine Coolest Media News discussion will meet at 6:30 PM to share the latest news and happenings in genre books, comics, movies, television and more. 


ELEKTRA HAMMOND, COPY EDITOR / PROOFREADER / EDITOR / AUTHOR / CAT JUDGE

Elektra Hammond is a best known as a Copy Editor and as a Proofreader who has freelanced for authors and for publishers. Ms Hammond has also edited and written for original anthologies like CATS IN SPACE and TV GODS. She is also a greatly-in-demand cat show judge.

Our speaker's website is:  http://www.untilmidnight.com/
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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 16, Number  5.....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 $ 16.00 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.



MAY EVENTS AT A GLANCE

05/01/18.........Tuesday
..........Final Frontier Genre Television Discussion
..........Fall 2017 Genre Television Season Update
..........Panera Bread, 8:00 PM
..........Ramsey, New Jersey

05/04/18..........Friday
..........Armchair Odyssey TV Mini-Binge
.........THE BIG BANG THEORY, Season 10 Selected Episodes & DVD Special Features
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

05/07/18..........Monday
..........Monsters of Horror Book Group
..........BOY'S LIFE by Robert Mc Cammon
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 8:00 PM
..........Hackensack, New Jersey

05/08/18..........Tuesday
..........Writers' Space Saloon
..........Formatting an Ebook Manuscript Teleconference
..........Zoom Platform, 7:30 PM
..........Your Desktop / Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone

05/09/18..........Wednesday
..........Infinite Images Movie Night
..........2015 Live Action Remake of Disney Animated Classic about Hard-Working Princess
..........Public Library, 6:15 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

05/12/18..........Saturday
..........Writers' Space Saloon
..........Tiny Details in World Building
..........Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 6:15 PM
..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

05/12/18..........Saturday
..........Ice Nine Discussion
..........Coolest News & Happenings
..........Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 6:30 PM
..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

05/12/18..........Saturday
..........SFABC General Meeting
..........Talk / Q & A with Elektra Hammond, Copy Editor / Proofreader / Cat Judge
..........Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 8:00 PM
..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

05/15/18..........Tuesday
..........Topic Discussion
..........Conan the Barbarian
..........West Essex (formerly Versailles) Diner, 8:00 PM
..........Fairfield, New Jersey
...............Optional 6:30 PM Dinner at the Diner

05/16/18..........Wednesday
..........Across the Multiverse
..........Multi-Media Genre Teleconference Discussion
..........Google Hangouts, 7:30 PM
..........Your Desktop / Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone

05/19/18..........Saturday
..........Special Activity
..........Bonus Writers' Critique Session
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick  New Jersey

05/20/18..........Sunday
..........Writers' Space Saloon
..........Building & Utilizing Mailing Lists Telecoonference
..........Google Hangouts, 12:30 PM
..........Your Desktop / Laptop / Tablet / Smart Phone

05/25/18..........Friday
..........Unofficial Event
..........Advanced Dungeons & Dragons:  Lion Castle Colony
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

05/27/18..........Sunday
..........Writers of the Weird
..........Critique Session
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

05/31/18..........Thursday
..........Double Star Film Discussion
..........CINDERELLA (2015 Live Action) / EVER AFTER
..........Paramus Park Mall Food Court, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey
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