Former Journal Columnist Veronica MacDonald Ditko publishes book

Children’s Hawthorne history book launches “A Rock Solid History of Hawthorne, New Jersey” explores history through rocks Local author Veronica MacDonald Ditko is launching her first book entitled “A Rock Solid History of Hawthorne, New Jersey.” Children learn best through tangible objects like rocks. The book explores the history of […]


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. […]