July 2018 at the Library

July Special Events at the Oakland Public Library (Children’s Dept.) The annual Children’s Dept. Carnival will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 3:45 to 4:30 pm at the Oakland Public Library. Oakland children, ages 5 & up, will play a variety of games, and prizes will be awarded. Registration […]


Varina: A Novel

Charles Frazier. Varina: A Novel. New York: Harper Collins, 2018. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald In 1906, Varina, Howell Davis, the 80-year-old widow of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, is confronted in her Saratoga Springs, New York, residence by James Blake, an African-American teacher. Blake has with him a history of […]


Summer Fun at the Library

June Special Events at the Oakland Public Library (Children’s Dept.) Father’s Day is just around the corner! A Special “Drop-In” Father’s Day Craft will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Pat Turnier Craft Room. The craft to be created is a surprise—to be […]


Letter to the Editor

As a concerned parent and taxpayer of the Ramapo-Indian Hills School District, I am in total disbelief with the Ramapo-Indian Hills Board of Education and its fact finders report. The “supposed” independent report from the fact finder is completely “one-sided”. It is obvious why the Board of Education accepted this […]


Growing up in Oakland: 1948 – circa. 1960 3

Growing up in Oakland: 1948 – circa. 1960 By Cal Bickford THE MOVE TO OAKLAND My family moved into town during the fall of 1948. Up to that time we had lived in a new home that our parents built in a new development during 1940 in suburban Fair Lawn. […]


REED’S Garden Grows Gold

REED’S Garden Grows Gold by Meghan Halloran As an Ambassador Girl Scout in Troop 70305 and senior at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, I recently completed a project for my Girl Scout Gold Award entitled, “REED’S Garden”. Over the past two years, I have spent more than 80 hours […]